UN will continue to Protect women’s and girls’ rights in Afghanistan 

The United Nations (UN) has stated that it will not only “stay and deliver” in war-torn Afghanistan, but will also defend women’s and girls’ rights. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a tweet on Saturday, October 23rd, that the agency would continue to promote and defend the rights of women in Afghanistan, and that authorities “would not stop” until girls can return to school. The UN Secretary-General also urged women to return to work and participate in public life. 

Guterres’ post came just days after he spoke at the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security on October 21. During his speech, the UN Secretary-General expressed the same sentiments, saying that the organisation will safeguard women’s and girls’ rights through engagements with “Taliban de facto authorities”. 

The UN Secretary-General stated that every woman and girl must fight back and turn the clock forward. His report on the UN’s Common Agenda, as well as his Call to Action on Human Rights, reflected this dedication. The United Nations wants to accelerate women’s full and equal participation in all aspects of life. 

This applies to both peacekeeping and political transitions. Women accounted for only 23% of delegates in United Nations-led or co-led peace initiatives last year. It took innovation, perseverance, and leadership to get to this position. 

As the UN continues to assist the war-torn country, it announced on October 21 that, in an effort to assist disadvantaged Afghans, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a “people’s economy” fund to distribute cash to those in need. The fund would draw on donations that have been suspended since the Taliban took over in August, according to UNDP chief Achim Steiner. Germany has already committed $58 million of the $660 million needed over the next year. 

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