The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) on Tuesday wished all the Afghan women on International Women’s Day, claiming to address the plight they are facing at the moment.
Spokesperson of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Qahar Balkhi in a statement wished all women on the ‘auspicious’ day, and expressed support to the Afghan women’s rights.
“Protracted wars in Afghanistan have been immensely detrimental for women. IEA is committed to addressing the plight of Afghan women, and providing facilities for an honorable and beneficial life in light of the noble religion of Islam and our accepted tradition,” Balkhi said in a statement.
The statement is quite ironic given the Taliban’s long history of gynophobia and misogyny, as they already banned Afghan women from workplaces after the takeover of Afghanistan on 15 of August. The Taliban is also known for its large-scale gender-based discrimination and violence against women.
Meanwhile, the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also took twitter to show support to the Afghan women. “The Islamic Emirate is committed to upholding the Sharia rights of all Afghan women. International Women’s Day is a great opportunity for our Afghan women to demand their legitimate rights. We protect and defend the rights of our Afghan women, God willing,” Mujahid added.
Moreover, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in a statement said it stands by Afghan women and girls as they face the consequences of multiple crises combined with gender inequality and discrimination.
The UN said that women in Afghanistan are disproportionately impacted by a legacy of conflict, in addition to drought and the collapsing economy, which has plunged millions in Afghanistan into debt and humanitarian need.
“What we are witnessing today in Afghanistan is a crisis of catastrophic proportions. Everyone in the country is affected by the current crises, but the situation for women and girls is particularly concerning as their rights and access to opportunities have become increasingly challenged,” said Deborah Lyons, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Afghanistan.
Lyons added that the full and equal participation of Afghan women and girls in all areas of public life is critical to the future of Afghanistan.
“In our conversations with Afghan women, they have spoken of the importance of girls’ education, as well as the need of subsequent opportunities to pursue higher education and gain employment. More needs to be done to promote equality of opportunity for women and girls in all areas of their lives,” Lyons added.
Lyons said that the United Nations in Afghanistan is committed to protecting and promoting women’s and girls’ rights in Afghanistan. “We remain firm in our belief that no durable peace, recovery, or stability is possible without women’s active engagement and participation in the social, economic, and political life of their country.”
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