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UN officials in Kabul for talks on women’s rights

UN officials in Kabul for talks on women’s rights

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18 Jan 2023 - 11:05
UN officials in Kabul for talks on women’s rights
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18 Jan 2023 - 11:05

ATLANTA (Pajhwok): A high-level delegation of the United Nations (UN) has reached Kabul for talks with officials of the caretaker government on rights of women and girls.

Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN, told a press conference in New York the delegation would hold discussions about the rights of women with representatives of the Islamic Emirate.

Last month, the IEA banned women from working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), a decision that triggered harsh reactions from the international community.

At that time, the UN had announced a delegation of senior officials of the world body would be sent to Kabul to confer on the issue.

Haq said the UN delegation, which arrived in Kabul on Tuesday, included Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Sima Bahous, executive secretary of UN Women.

Before landing in Afghanistan, the delegation held talks in several countries in the region, the Gulf, Asia and Europe on women’s and girls’ rights and sustainable development, Haq added.

The delegates also discussed Afghanistan with some ambassadors, envoys of several countries for Afghanistan, representatives of the Islamic Development Bank and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Qatar.

Haq said the delegation had also held talks with representatives of Afghan women in Ankara and Islamabad.

Noting a clear consensus on the issue of women’s and girls’ rights to work and education, the spokesman said the UN officials were urged to spotlight “the urgency of the situation”.

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