Eleven heads of state and government urge the Taliban to respect the rights of women and girls

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A group of 11 heads of state and government have urged the Taliban, in a joint call, to respect the rights of Afghan women and girls and to prevent acts of violence against them. “Men and women are equal and our rights are inalienable and unquestionable,” emphasize the policies in their manifesto.

The initiative, which came from the President of Slovakia, Zuzana Caputová and the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdóttir, urges the international community to carefully monitor the situation and monitor the rights of the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan, after On August 15, the Taliban seized power.

Unlike other appeals made by women to the international community, this one is aimed directly at the Islamist militias that already control the country.

“We are deeply concerned by current events in Afghanistan, including multiple reports of violations of the rights of girls and women in many parts of the country,” the policies state.

“We call on current and future rulers in Afghanistan to respect the rights of women and girls and refrain from any action that restricts their rights in areas such as employment, education, access to health care, culture or public positions ”, ask the presidents in the text signed, among others, by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.

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The leaders insist on another message for the Taliban that there is no violence against women. “We strongly urge the Afghan authorities to prevent all forms of violence against women or girls.”

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The eleven policies emphasize that, regardless of the differences that may exist, “men and women are equal and our rights are inalienable and unquestionable.” They also promise Afghan women and girls that they will closely follow developments in their country, that they will listen to their voices and continue to support their rights and opportunities.

In addition to the Slovak and Icelandic representatives, the President of Greece, Katerina Sakelaropulu; the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen; from Estonia, Kaja Kallas; from Lithuania, Ingrida Simonyté; from Finland, Sanna Marin; from Norway, Erna Solberg, as well as the presidents of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili and Moldova, Maia Sandu.

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