Those in power in Afghanistan must guarantee the right to education, work and freedom of movement for the women and girls in the country.
The United States, the European Union, and some 20 other countries, including Canada, Australia, and Brazil, call on “all in a position of power and authority” in Afghanistan to do so in a joint statement. “We are very concerned about Afghan women and girls,” the signatories said.
“Afghan women and girls, like all Afghan people, deserve to live in safety and dignity,” the statement said. “All forms of discrimination and abuse must be prevented. The international community stands ready to assist them with humanitarian aid and support to ensure that their voices are heard.”
The signatories say they will closely monitor how any future government ensures the rights and freedoms “which have become an integral part of the lives of Afghan women and girls over the past twenty years”.
The statement has also been signed by Albania, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, Norway, New Zealand, Paraguay, Senegal and Switzerland.