US Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, Rina Amiri, met with Qatar’s Assistant Foreign Minister, Lowlah AlKhater, to discuss the state of women and girls’ rights in Afghanistan.
“I had an excellent follow-up meeting with Assistant Foreign Minister Lowlah AlKhater to assess how to build on the efforts in support of Afghan women and girls,” Rina Amiri said on Monday.
Rina Amiri also met officials from Education Above All Foundations, a Qatari non-profit organisation.
“I also had productive discussions with the EAA Foundation on concrete means of expanding education and scholarship opportunities for Afghan women, girls, and boys.
“There is nothing that gives me greater hope than engaging Afghans leading the charge in expanding education and work opportunities for compatriots back home and in refugee communities. Many of these leaders lost everything overnight less than two years ago,” she said.
The Taliban’s return to power led to the closure of schools and universities for girls, and they have recently prevented them from taking university entrance exams. The group has also banned women from working in NGOs, leading to a suspension of humanitarian activities during Afghanistan’s worst crisis.