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Afghan women rights on verge of collapse as international forces exit

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KABUL: The rights of the Afghan women are on verge of collapse as the international troops preparing for exit, leaving the country’s peace negotiations in stalemate and uncertainty, said an international watchdog.

The Amnesty International in a report published on Monday, expressed “grave” concerns on possible violation of the past 20 years gains in negotiations with the Taliban.

“With foreign troops leaving the country and peace talks deadlocked, the prospects for Afghan women and girls were at a critical juncture,” the report said.

The report quoted the Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director Yamini Mishra as saying that Afghanistan was “at a tipping point” as the peace negotiations stalled and the conflicts continue with taking “lives of civilians on an almost daily basis.”

According to here, Afghanistan is facing “an outcome” that threatening the achievements gained during more than two decades.

“Now is the time for the Afghan government and its international partners to unequivocally commit and work to ensure that women’s rights and two decades of achievement are not traded off in the peace talks,” she stressed.

The report cited a significant progress in women’s rights since the ouster of the Taliban regime in 2001.

“There are now 3.3 million girls in education and women more actively participate in the political, economic and social life of the country,” the rights watchdog said.

The watchdog underscored the continued violence against women, saying that their participation at all levels of government remained limited. “Today about 3.5 million girls are enrolled in schools,30 a tremendous improvement from the time when only a few primary private girls’ schools were run during the Taliban era,” the report said. “Thousands of women work in the education sector as teachers, head teachers and administrative staff. Additionally, a large number of women and girls are attending universities across the country. However, more than 2 million girls remain without access to education, primarily because of the ongoing wars and insufficient numbers of women teachers or education facilities.”

The Amnesty International also voiced concerns over the composition of delegations of both the Taliban, with zero women representation, and the government of Afghanistan, with limited women participation.

The watchdog called on the Afghan government to ensure meaningful participation of women in the ongoing peace negotiations.

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