“We’re talked quite a bit about, however we aren’t listened to,” they stated.
A bunch of Afghan girls urged the United Nations to dam the Taliban from gaining a seat on the world physique, calling for higher illustration for his or her nation throughout a go to to the organisation’s New York headquarters on Thursday.
“It’s quite simple,” former Afghan politician and peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi advised reporters exterior the UN Safety Council in New York. “The UN wants to present that seat to any person who respects the rights of everybody in Afghanistan.”
“We’re talked quite a bit about, however we aren’t listened to,” she stated of Afghan girls. “Assist, cash, recognition — they’re all leverage that the world ought to use for inclusion, for respect to the rights of girls, for respect to the rights of everyone.”
Koofi was joined by former politician Naheed Fareed, former diplomat Asila Wardak and journalist Anisa Shaheed.
“When the Taliban took Afghanistan … they stated that they’ll give permission to girls to renew their jobs, to return to the varsity, however they didn’t hold that promise,” stated Fareed.
Since seizing energy in mid-August, Taliban leaders have vowed to respect girls’s rights in accordance with sharia, or Islamic regulation. However underneath Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, girls couldn’t work and ladies have been banned from faculty. Girls needed to cowl their faces and be accompanied by a male family member after they left dwelling.
The United Nations is contemplating rival claims on who ought to symbolize Afghanistan. The Taliban nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as UN ambassador, whereas Ghulam Isaczai — the UN envoy representing the federal government ousted by the Taliban — is searching for to stay within the nation’s seat.
UN member states are anticipated to decide by the top of the yr.
Wardak urged international locations to strain the Taliban “to place their phrases in motion” in relation to girls’s rights, including: “If you happen to’re going to present them a seat, there needs to be situations.”
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The ladies spoke to reporters earlier than addressing a UN occasion on assist for Afghan girls and ladies, organised by Britain, Qatar, Canada, UN Girls and the Georgetown Institute for Girls, Peace and Safety.
The UN Safety Council additionally met individually on Thursday to debate girls, peace and safety.
“Girls and ladies in Afghanistan are pinning their hopes and goals on this very council and world physique to assist them get better their rights to work, journey and go to highschool,” Isaczai advised the 15-member council. “It could be morally reprehensible if we do nothing and allow them to down.”