At United Nations, Afghan ladies attraction: do not let Taliban in


A gaggle of Afghan ladies urged the United Nations to dam the Taliban from gaining a seat on the world physique, calling for higher illustration for his or her nation throughout a go to to the organisation’s New York headquarters on Thursday.

“It’s very simple,” former Afghan politician and peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi instructed reporters outdoors the UN Security Council in New York. “The UN needs to give that seat to somebody who respects the rights of everyone in Afghanistan.”

“We are talked a lot about, but we are not listened to,” she stated of Afghan ladies. “Aid, money, recognition – they are all leverage that the world should use for inclusion, for respect to the rights of women, for respect to the rights of everybody.”

Koofi was joined by former politician, Naheed Fareed, former diplomat Asila Wardak and journalist Anisa Shaheed.

“When the Taliban took Afghanistan … they said that they will give permission to women to resume their jobs, to go back to the school, but they didn’t keep that promise,” stated Fareed.

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Since seizing energy in mid-August, Taliban leaders have vowed to respect ladies’s rights in accordance with sharia, or Islamic regulation. But beneath Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, ladies couldn’t work and women had been banned from college. Women needed to cowl their faces and be accompanied by a male family member once they left home.

The United Nations is contemplating rival claims on who ought to signify Afghanistan. The Taliban nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as UN ambassador, whereas Ghulam Isaczai – the UN envoy representing the federal government ousted by the Taliban – is in search of to stay within the nation’s seat.

UN member states are anticipated to decide by the tip of the yr.

Wardak urged international locations to stress the Taliban “to put their words in action” on the subject of ladies’s rights, including: “If you’re going to give them a seat, there should be conditions.”

The ladies spoke to reporters earlier than addressing a UN occasion on help for Afghan ladies and women, organized by Britain, Qatar, Canada, UN Women and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

The UN Security Council additionally met individually on Thursday to debate ladies, peace and safety.

“Women and girls in Afghanistan are pinning their hopes and dreams on this very council and world body to help them recover their rights to work, travel and go to school,” Isaczai instructed the 15-member council. “It would be morally reprehensible if we do nothing and let them down.”

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