US special envoy calls on Muslim world to defend Afghan women’s rights

03 May 2022 09:04 STI

Kabul [Afghanistan]May 3 (ANI): The US special envoy said that “the Muslim world must defend the rights of Afghan women and girls”, local media reported.
The remarks by Rina Amiri, the US special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights, came after she co-hosted an Iftar dinner with US Chief of Protocol Rufus Gifford and ambassadors of several Muslim-majority countries.
Taking to Twitter, the US special envoy said, “Taliban policies denying girls and women education and employment are not seen in any other Muslim-majority country.”
She also highlighted the issue of the ban on girls’ education in Afghanistan and called on the international community to push the Taliban to reopen schools.
“Discussed challenges in Afghanistan with Nordic partners, including the ban on girls returning to school and attacks targeting the Hazaras. Agreed on the importance of unity in pushing the Taliban to reopen schools and demand protection for all Afghans, especially ethnic and religious minorities,” she tweeted.
Notably, schools remained closed for female students beyond sixth grade for more than eight months in Afghanistan.

Women’s rights activists have expressed hope that efforts to support the reopening of schools for girls will have an impact on the Taliban, ToloNews reported.
“We are happy with all the meetings and the efforts made for the reopening of schools for girls. Islamic countries have a direct impact on the Taliban because they cite their sources of Islam,” Naveeda Khurasani quoted, a women’s rights activist. , as the saying goes.
“I hope that the position taken regarding support for Afghan women is sincere and that it causes intense pressure on the ruling group in Afghanistan,” said another women’s rights activist, Marriam Marouf.
Meanwhile, the Taliban’s Ministry of Education (MoE) said the group was close to a solution to reopen school for girls.
“When we asked the Minister (of Education), he told me that the problem was near and that a proper solution would be found in the near future and the girls would go back to school,” Aziz said. Ahmad Riyan, spokesperson for the ministry. , according to TOLOnews.
The Taliban regime that took control of Kabul last August has restricted women’s rights and freedoms, with women largely excluded from the labor market due to the economic crisis and restrictions.
According to HRW, women and girls also lack access to health care. Reports suggest that women and girls facing violence have no way out. Enabling girls to go to school and other educational institutions has been one of the main demands of the international community. The majority of countries have refused to officially recognize the Taliban due to concerns over their treatment of girls and women and other human rights issues. (ANI)