The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Taliban to “quickly reverse” measures against women. They have less and less access to education and jobs.
The resolution was passed with 15 votes in favor and 0 against. The fact that the United States, China and Russia have joined forces says a lot about the shared concerns about the actions of the Taliban.
When the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, they promised a less strict policy for women than in the period 1996-2001, when they first took power in the country. Nevertheless, the position of women has come under increasing pressure.
Not going to school anymore
Girls are no longer allowed to attend secondary school, female students are no longer welcome at universities and at the end of last year a ban was imposed on Afghan women working for foreign aid organisations.
Since the beginning of this month, Afghan women are no longer allowed to work for the UN. This goes against human rights and humanitarian principles, says the Security Council.
In protest, the UN kept all Afghan employees at home at the beginning of this month. “Afghan women will not be replaced by men,” said a UN spokesman.
Talk about Taliban
The Security Council resolution to reverse the measures comes a few days before an international meeting in Doha, Qatar, on relations with the Taliban. UN Secretary-General António Guterres will meet with delegations from various countries.
The Taliban came to power in the summer of 2021 after 20 years of a United States military presence in Afghanistan. We then made this explainer video about the Islamic group:
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