A statement defending Afghan women’s and girls’ rights to education and freedom has been signed by the European Union, the US and 21 other countries. UN Women also followed UN’s Secretary General’s statement in support of women in Afghanistan.
The statement, published by the Council of the European Union, says: “We are deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement. We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their protection.”
“Afghan women and girls, as all Afghan people, deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. Any form of discrimination and abuse should be prevented. We in the international community stand ready to assist them with humanitarian aid and support, to ensure that their voices can be heard.”
“We will monitor closely how any future government ensures rights and freedoms that have become an integral part of the life of women and girls in Afghanistan during the last twenty years.”
The statement is signed by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.
UN Women has also issued a statement to declare full support to women and girls in Afghanistan, following the recent events with grave concern. UN Women is calling on Afghanistan to secure the fundamental human rights of all, including women and girls, and to meet obligations to protect civilians and to provide humanitarians with unimpeded access to deliver timely and life-saving services and aid.
Women’s and girls’ rights must be at the core of the global response to the current crisis.