Islamic Emirate says It has upheld women’s rights

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The Islamic Emirate said on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women that women’s rights are respected in Afghanistan more than ever before and that the current government is committed to upholding the rights of all citizens.

“All of our citizens’ rights are protected by Islamic Sharia and the Islamic system, but, at the same time, I can affirm that before the Islamic Emirate’s arrival, the rights of women and girls—including the right to family, the right to dignity, the right to honor, and the right to property—were completely not respected. And none of their rights were upheld, according to Bilal Karimi, spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

Meanwhile, some international organizations, including UNAMA, have said that the protection of women’s rights is a crucial factor for stability, prosperity and any lasting peace in Afghanistan.

“The fundamental rights of Afghan women need to be protected and concrete steps need to be taken for an enabling environment which is free from all forms of violence. Protecting the rights of women is a crucial factor for stability, prosperity and any lasting peace in Afghanistan,” said Roza Otunbayeva, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

The European Parliament adopted three resolutions for three countries including Afghanistan. A press release said: “They call on Afghanistan’s de facto authorities to ensure that women can again actively participate in public life. This must be a key condition, they say, if the international community is to engage with the Taliban. Denouncing the egregious ban on secondary education for girls, Parliament recalls the Taliban’s promises that women’s access to education would be restored and demands that the Taliban now honor their own commitments.”

“Afghan women are victims of violence, restrictions, and judgment because of their gender more than ever,” said Maryam Marouf Arween, a women’s rights activist.

“Afghan women are going through a very critical period as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is celebrated in the world,” said Selsela Ahmadi, another women’s rights activist.—Tolonews