Afghan women urge UN to prevent Taliban from getting a seat in the World Organization 2022
A group of Afghan women urged the United Nations to prevent the Taliban from getting a seat in the international organization,
She called for a better representation of their country during a visit to the organization's headquarters in New York on Thursday.
"It's very simple," former Afghan politician and peace negotiator Fawzia Kofi told reporters outside the UN Security Council in New York.
"The United Nations needs to give this seat to someone who respects the rights of everyone in Afghanistan."
"We've talked a lot about women, but we don't listen," she said of Afghan women. Help, money,
Recognition - it's all leverage the world should use to include, respect women's rights, respect everyone's rights."
Kofi was joined by former politician Nahid Farid, former diplomat Asilah Wardak and journalist Anisa Shahid.
"When the Taliban took over Afghanistan... they said they would give the women permission to resume their work, go back to school, but they didn't keep that promise," Farid said.
Since seizing power in mid-August, Taliban leaders have pledged to respect women's rights according to Islamic law.
But under the Taliban from 1996 to 2001, women were unable to work and girls were prevented from going to school.
The women had to cover their faces and be accompanied by a male relative when they left the house.
The United Nations is considering conflicting claims over who should represent Afghanistan. The Taliban nominated its spokesman in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, as ambassador to the United Nations.
Meanwhile, Ghulam Izakzai - the UN envoy representing the government overthrown by the Taliban - seeks to remain in the country's seat.
Notably, UN member states are expected to make a decision by the end of the year.
Wardak urged countries to pressure the Taliban to "put their words into action" when it comes to women's rights, adding: "If you're going to give them a seat, there have to be conditions."
The women spoke to reporters before addressing a UN event on supporting Afghan women and girls,
Organized by Britain, Qatar, Canada, UN Women and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
The UN Security Council met separately on Thursday to discuss women, peace and security.
“Women and girls in Afghanistan are pinning their hopes and dreams,” Isakzai told the 15-member council
This council and the global body should help them regain their rights to work, travel and go to school.” “It would be morally reprehensible if we did nothing and let them down.”