The United Nations on Monday urged the world not to forget the plight of Afghanistan’s women and children despite other international crises, a year after the Taliban returned to power.
Natalia Kanem, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, warned in a statement on the anniversary of the radical Islamists who occupied Kabul that the war-ravaged nation was facing great hardship, with 95 percent of its population malnourished.
“As the world faces multiple, overlapping crises, we must not forget the women and girls of Afghanistan. When women and girls are denied basic rights, we all fall short,” Kanem said, condemning the “continuous erosion” of women’s access to education and health care.
“A year after the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, the country continues to grapple with a deep economic and humanitarian crisis,” he warned.
“Rising prices of food and fuel – increased due to drought and war” Ukraine – An estimated 95 percent of the population, and almost all female-headed households, do not have enough to eat.”
In a separate statement over the weekend, UN Under-Secretary-General Sima Bahous, who heads the gender equality agency UN Women, denounced the “carefully constructed policies of inequality” instituted by the Taliban.
“We must continue to raise the voices of Afghan women and girls who are fighting for their right to live free and equal lives every day,” she said.
“Their fight is our fight. what happens to women and girls Afghanistan We have a global responsibility.”
Taliban fighters celebrated the anniversary of their return to power – and the departure of US troops after two decades of intervention – in Kabul with slogans of victory.