The United States on Wednesday announced that Rina Amiri, an Afghan-born US scholar and mediation expert, will take the role of special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Amiri will work on issues of critical importance to the US and other at-risk populations in all of their diversity.
“We desire a peaceful, stable, and secure Afghanistan, where all Afghans can live and thrive in political, economic, and social inclusivity. Special Envoy Amiri will work closely with me toward that goal,” Blinken said in a statement.
Amiri has spent two decades advising governments, the United Nations, and think tanks on issues related to Afghanistan. Under former President Barack Obama, she served as a senior adviser to the US Special Representative for Afghanistan.
“Rina brings over two decades of expertise and specialized knowledge that will advance our vital work toward a more peaceful, stable, and secure Afghanistan for all,” Blinken added.
The announcement was made after Taliban takeover of Afghanistan four months ago following US troops withdrawal after 20 years of presence in Afghanistan.
Since then, the Taliban imposed some restrictions on the Afghan women, banning them from going to schools and workplaces.
On Sunday, the Taliban came to the fore with a new restriction that women would not be allowed to travel long distances without a male partner.
The Taliban Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice had earlier asked television channels to stop showing dramas and soap operas featuring women actors.
The Taliban also barred female television journalists, calling on them to wear headscarves.
On Tuesday, the Afghan women held a demonstration through Kabul, the Afghan capital city, demanding the rights to education and work. They also strongly opposed the new travel rules by the Taliban that they can’t travel farther than 72 kilometers without a close male relative.
Protesters held banners reading, “We are tired of discrimination – We are the voice of hungry people.”
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