Update: Dec 14 2021 20:44 STI
Kabul [Afghanistan]Dec. 14 (ANI): Women activists have expressed concern at an upsurge in violence against women in the crisis-torn country as they gather in the capital Kabul, local media reported.
Women activists gathered in Kabul to mark the end of a 16-day campaign to “End Violence Against Women” (EVAM), Tolo News reported.
“The EVAW disappeared this year and the campaign did not cover other provinces where women have faced violence,” Tolo News said quoting Toor Pikai Momand, head of Mosavoda-e-Zanan Bara-e -Sulh.
“Women want freedom. And these are women’s rights based on Islamic values,” said Setara Mohabat, a university professor.
According to Tolo News, the women said they were unable to mount the campaign in some provinces for various reasons.
Women’s rights activists who led the campaign called on Taliban officials to facilitate employment and education opportunities for women as well as to include women in the structure of government.
“The EVAW findings show that many women have lost their jobs and girls are not going to school. The level of violence against women has increased, ”Tolo News said, quoting Campaign member Lima Sapai.
The EVAW protest began on November 25, which is International EVAW Day, and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day.
Earlier in September, the United Nations in Afghanistan called on everyone to take concrete action to end violence against women on the eve of International EVAW Day.
The Taliban entered Kabul on August 15, prompting the resignation of the US-backed government. Later in September, the party announced the composition of Afghanistan’s new interim government.
The country is currently hit by the worsening economic, humanitarian and security crisis following the Taliban takeover. The international community, from governments to non-governmental organizations, has provided various assistance to the Afghan people. (ANI)