International Women's Day 2024

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Statement of the Coordination Council of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the International Women's Day

March 8, 2024

On this International Women’s Day, we express our profound concern over the tragic situation of girls and women in Afghanistan.

As the humanitarian, human rights, and economic situations continue to deteriorate under the Taliban in the country, Afghan women and girls continue to bear the brunt of this multifaceted crisis. Every aspect of their lives has been restricted by a hostile approach, encompassing some of the most repressive policies, directives, edicts, and practices aimed to erasing them from public life.

Afghan women and girls are denied access to their basic rights to education, employment, justice, and freedom of movement. The systematic discrimination and deliberate restrictions on women and girls’ rights, have resulted in their marginalisation and exclusion from social, political, public, and economic life. These discriminatory and repressive acts, according to many international experts and organizations, amount to gender apartheid.

The story of women and girls in Afghanistan also symbolizes their courage and resilience in the face of such unparalleled challenges and restrictions. Afghan women stand at the forefront of the struggle for the human rights of all Afghans, and they have been leading the civil society resistance against the Taliban.

On this occasion, we once again stress the importance of keeping Afghan women and girls’ rights central in all policies and programs concerning Afghanistan. In this context, we welcome the increasing global calls for the recognition of gender apartheid as a tragic reality in Afghanistan, as well as for strengthening the relevant accountability and investigation mechanisms at the international level.

We further welcome the participation of civil society representatives and women’s rights activists in the recent Doha Meeting on Afghanistan. We believe that the representative and meaningful participation of Afghan women in all processes and deliberations that impact their lives should be facilitated and supported.

As we have argued previously, only a legitimate, representative, and accountable system based on the will of the people can protect and ensure the rights of all of Afghans, including women and girls.

We, once again express our gratitude to our international partners and all friends of Afghanistan around the world for their continued commitment to the people of Afghanistan, particularly women and girls, during this tragic time in our nation’s history.

It is our earnest hope that through an effective global alliance and a proactive and unified approach at the global level, as well as structured engagement with democratic forces, civil society activists, and women’s rights defenders, the current dangerous trajectory in Afghanistan will be reversed for the benefit of the people of Afghanistan, particularly women and girls. 

 

 

EARLIER STATEMENTS

Statement of Coordination Council of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the UN Meeting on Afghanistan in Doha (18-19 February 2024) 

February 17, 2024

Tomorrow, the meeting of UN Special Envoys on Afghanistan will take place in Doha, Qatar to decide on a pathway forward on the basis of the independent assessment, conducted in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2679 (2023).

The meeting comes a time of increased international recognition of the fact that efforts thus far have been ineffective in dealing with Afghanistan’s social, political, economic and humanitarian challenges. As a result, Afghanistan remains on a dangerous trajectory, with the current crisis continuing to deepen and the degree of instability also having implications beyond Afghanistan alone.

The Coordination Council of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the I.R of Afghanistan deem it imperative for the forth-coming UN meeting to result in a renewed approach that has long been desired and called for by the people of Afghanistan. This approach should be formulated taking into account an obvious reality: that the status-quo of unilateral rule, systematic human rights violations, especially of women and girls, disregard for people’s demands on political, social issue contradict shared values and objectives of the people of Afghanistan and international community.

The people of Afghanistan, inside and outside the country, have long emphasized that lasting peace and stability in the country is only possible through an inclusive, representative, and broad-based system, resulting from national dialogue and which is able to reflect the will and aspirations of all Afghans.

However, sufficient focus on the start of a result-oriented political process, particularly national dialogue and negotiation among Afghans, as a key component has been lacking in international efforts on Afghanistan thus far. This gap, which is also recognized in the UN assessment, has been a key factor for the continuation of the crisis in Afghanistan and needs to be remedied as a matter of priority.

The appointment of a UN Special Envoy would mark an important development in helping ensure a more effective international approach for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, success of the prospective Special Envoy on commencing a successful political process depends on several factors. Both UNAMA’s mandate and independent assessment have emphasized dialogue and engagement with all Afghan stakeholders to ensure an inclusive system. Thus, sustained and structured dialogue is needed with non-Taliban individuals and groups on all aspects of the crisis in Afghanistan.

A unified group of democratic forces, including civil society, women and youth, political parties, inside and outside Afghanistan, is a precondition for the start of any political process. It will also help compel the Taliban to accept dialogue and negotiations for a comprehensive settlement to the crisis and conflict in the country.

In relation to human rights, various segments of society have been subject to these violations, but especially women and girls who are denied their most basic rights and freedoms and subject to a clear from of gender-apartheid. Thus, the international strategy expected to emerge from the Doha conference and future such gatherings should include specific arrangements to help end all human rights violations especially gender apartheid and systematic violations of women’s and girls’ rights in Afghanistan.

Furthermore, the up-coming meeting should help build consensus that’s needed between the region and broader international community for a more coordinated and constructive engagement to reverse the negative trajectory and set Afghanistan on the path of stability. The pathway forward should be based on the will and interests of the people of Afghanistan as well as a genuine spirit of international support and cooperation.

The Coordination Council of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the I.R. of Afghanistan looks forward to working with the United Nations and all international stakeholders to achieve a viable pathway forward to overcome the crisis and achieving an inclusive, representative, united and peaceful Afghanistan.

 

Statement of the The Coordination Council of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on arbitrary and unlawful arrests of Afghan Women

January 8, 2024

The Coordination Council of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemns the recent arbitrary and unlawful arrests of women and girls on the streets of Kabul by the Taliban. These arrests, as confirmed by the Taliban, mark a troubling regression in the protection of women's rights and freedoms in Afghanistan.

The Council believes that these misogynist acts of Taliban against the Afghan women are egregious violations of their dignity and privacy, as well as a blatant disregard for universally recognized human rights norms.

We call for the immediate and unconditional release of all women and girls who have been detained in this manner, where never in the modern history of Afghanistan these many women have been detained or imprisoned.

Furthermore, these arbitrary arrests undermine social cohesion and trust in an Afghanistan that already suffers from several crises. It is imperative that the Taliban immediately release those apprehended, refrain from such actions and ensures the protection of women's rights as stipulated in international human rights treaties to which Afghanistan is a party.

The Coordination Council stands in solidarity with all women and girls across the country who have been unjustly detained and reiterates our unwavering commitment to advocating for the protection of their rights and freedoms.

We call on the international community to join us in condemning these violations and to work together to uphold the rights of Afghan women and girls.

 

Statement of the Coordination Council of the Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November 25, 2023

Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

On this occasion, we, once again, express our deep concern over the tragic situation of women and girls in Afghanistan. More than two years after the Taliban’s forced takeover of Afghanistan, Afghan women and girls continue to bear the brunt of a deteriorating humanitarian situation and an alarming human rights environment in the country.

Afghan women and girls continue to suffer from prisonlike conditions, as every aspect of their lives including their basic rights to education, employment, and freedom of movement have been restricted under a hostile approach and by some of the most repressive policies and practices which, according to many international experts and human rights organizations, amount to gender apartheid.

While women’s active participation in public life was the hallmark of the two-decade partnership between Afghanistan and the international community, women are now being systematically erased from public life under the Taliban’s unilateral and repressive rule. In addition to this, as reported by some international organizations, there has been a significant increase in gender-based violence, child marriage, forced marriage and domestic violence in Afghanistan over the past two years.

As resilient Afghan women and girls boldly lead the charge in advocating for the human rights of all Afghans, it is imperative that we fortify our commitment to their cause through unwavering collective actions. They not only stand at the forefront but embody the very essence of the struggle, demanding our dedicated support for their rights and aspirations.

We once again reiterate that full realization of women’s rights in Afghanistan is a foundational element of a peaceful, inclusive, representative and prosperous future for all Afghans.

The Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan remain committed to collaborating with all Afghan and international partners in the efforts to put and end to all forms of violence against Afghan women and girls and to help them fully realize their rights in all areas. We look forward to taking part in various activities of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence this year.

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