The United Nations in Afghanistan on Thursday called on everyone for concrete actions to end violence against women in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW).
“We must act together to tackle this shadow pandemic. The violence should be prevented, we must change attitudes that shame survivors and support violence, we must support services for survivors,” said Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan.
“The global community needs to listen to the voices and experiences of Afghan women and girls and urgently respond to their needs, especially survivors of violence and those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination,” the UN said in a statement.
Violence against women and girls in Afghanistan has further increased due to restrictions in women and girls’ enjoyment of their rights and freedoms, particularly women’s right to work and their freedom of movement. The need for services has increased, access to essential services for survivors of violence has also been greatly impacted.
“The message we receive from our partners and women across the country is clear – violence against women that was already at alarming levels, has been exacerbated by both crisis and COVID-19. And yet, lifesaving services for women survivors of violence have closed on account of fear of being targeted,” said Alison Davidian, UN Women Country Representative in Afghanistan.
The UN in Afghanistan said they continue to respond to the needs of women and girl survivors of violence, to advocate for their rights, and eliminate all forms of violence through direct support to service providers and women’s rights organizations, prevention and response program, and advocacy campaigns.
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