United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the Taliban’s “broken” promises to Afghan women and girls. He also urged the world to donate more money to Afghanistan to prevent its economic collapse.
This comes after the first face-to-face talks between the United States and the Taliban since the hardline group regained control of the country, during which the issue of women’s rights was raised. According to the US Department of State.
“I am very concerned to see the promises made to Afghan women and girls by the Taliban being violated,” Guterres told reporters as reported by the news agency. AFP, Tuesday (12/10/2021).
“I strongly urge the Taliban to keep their promises to women and girls and fulfill their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law,” the world leader added.
Guterres said the United Nations “will not give up” on the issue and said the world body discussed it daily with the Taliban.
It is known that the Taliban has been in power since mid-August, but its legitimacy as a government is still not recognized internationally.
“Promises being broken are causing nightmares for Afghan women and girls,” Guterres said, noting that three million girls have been enrolled in school since 2001, and the average number of years of education for girls has increased from six years to 10 years.