The meeting of the United Nations under the title “Fighting Gender Apartheid” was held to examine the situation of Afghan women and girls under the rule of the Taliban, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the General Assembly of this organization.
This meeting was held on Friday (31 Sableh) with the presence of Afghanistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, representatives of countries and human rights activists, including Richard Bennett, the special rapporteur of the United Nations, representatives of South Africa, Malta and the Republic of Dominica.
After the widespread protests of women regarding the recognition of gender apartheid in Afghanistan, this is the first time that the United Nations has officially used the word “gender apartheid” regarding the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.
Richard Bennett, the special rapporteur of the United Nations, said in his speech at this meeting that Afghan women feel abandoned and think that the international community has betrayed them, and now their biggest fear of the future is the recognition or normalization of the Taliban. by the international community.
Rina Amiri, the special envoy of the United States of America for the affairs of Afghan women and girls, was also present in this meeting and said that Afghanistan is not only struggling with the worst human rights situation in the world, especially in the issue of women, but also needs humanitarian aid. .
In this meeting, Nasir Ahmad Faiq, head of Afghanistan’s delegation to the United Nations, expressed concern about the current situation of Afghan women and said that the Taliban’s restrictions against women and girls will have a wide negative impact on the entire Afghan society.
At the same time, the foreign ministers of 12 European countries expressed concern about what they called the Taliban’s “systematic discrimination” against women, and the findings of a recent UN poll show that about 62% of the Taliban’s orders against women It is implemented “with increasing intensity” which has made them far from the public domain and marginalized them.
Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Taliban government, rejected these reports and called them “propaganda” and propaganda against the Taliban government.
After the fall of the government and the arrival of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the existing authoritarian policies against women and girls have created a complete gender apartheid in the country.