Afghanistan is the most Repressive Country for the Women, Says UN

Afghanistan: The World's Most Repressive Country For Women, Says United Nations

According to the United Nations, since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the nation has become the most oppressive in the world for women and girls, depriving them of many of their basic rights. The U.N. mission said in a statement on International Women's Day that Afghanistan's new leaders had demonstrated an almost "singular concentration" on enforcing laws that effectively lock the majority of women and girls within their homes.

While U.S. and NATO soldiers were in the closing stages of their withdrawal from Afghanistan after two decades of war, the Taliban took control in August 2021. Despite initial pledges of a more moderate attitude, the Taliban have enacted harsh measures since then. They have outlawed women in public places like gyms and parks as well as girls' education past the sixth grade. Moreover, women are prohibited from working for both domestic and foreign nongovernmental groups and are required to cover their entire bodies.

"Afghanistan under the Taliban is the most oppressive nation in the world for women's rights," declared Roza Otunbayeva, special representative of the U.N. secretary-general and leader of the mission to Afghanistan. The efforts they have made to exclude Afghan women and girls from public life have been heartbreaking to observe, she continued. The limitations, particularly the prohibitions on NGO and educational activities, have garnered vehement worldwide criticism.

Although they claim the restrictions are temporary suspensions put in place because women were not properly donning the Islamic headscarf or hijab and because gender segregation laws were not being respected, the Taliban have shown no signs of giving up. Regarding the prohibition on higher education, the Taliban administration claimed that some of the subjects being taught were against Afghan and Islamic principles.

Otunbayeva added, "Constricting half of the nation's inhabitants to their houses in one of the worst humanitarian and economic crises in the world is a colossal act of national self-harm." She claimed that it would commit all Afghans—not just women and girls—to poverty and dependency on foreign handouts for future generations. It will increase Afghanistan's isolation from both its people and the rest of the globe.

The U.N. mission in Afghanistan also claimed to have documented an almost constant stream of laws and policies that discriminate against women since the Taliban took power. These laws and policies include restrictions on women's access to places, their ability to travel or work outside the home, and their exclusion from all levels of public decision-making. The effects of the destruction the Taliban are doing to their people extend beyond women and girls, according to Alison Davidian, the U.N. Women's special representative in Afghanistan. There were no Taliban-led government representatives available for remark right away.

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