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US Ambassador to the UN condemns the Taliban’s oppression of women and girls

The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said in a statement on Thursday that the International community will not remain on the sidelines while the women and girls are deprived of their fundamental rights in Afghanistan.

“The United Nations Security Council resolution unanimously adopted today sends a clear message to the Taliban: We condemn your repression of Afghan women and girls, and we call for the swift reversal of your indefensible edicts,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

In her statement, Thomas-Greenfield emphasized that the Taliban’s oppressive measures against women and girls, including preventing them from studying and working, break the promises made to the international community and to the women of Afghanistan.

She further added that “these draconian edicts only prevent Afghanistan from achieving stability, economic prosperity, and future growth; they place women and girls at increased risk of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation; and they hinder lifesaving humanitarian aid from reaching Afghans in desperate need.”

The US Ambassador to the UN stated that the Taliban’s actions make it imperative for the international community to urge for an inclusive political process in Afghanistan, which reflects the country’s rich diversity and includes the meaningful participation of women and marginalized groups.

According to her, the UN Security Council resolution is a strong step toward achieving mentioned goals and she praised the women and girls of Afghanistan for their bravery in standing up for their “inalienable rights.”

The UN Security Council resolution condemning the suppression of women by the Taliban passed on Thursday in which the Taliban is asked to swiftly reverse the restrictions imposed on women working for the UN.