AT Kabul: According to the assessment, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) desire for recognition could prove crucial to creating an inclusive government and ensuring respect for women’s rights.
The report outlines a strategy for political engagement to reintegrate Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021.
Sinirlioglu said the IEA has tried to justify these restrictions as being part of Islam and Afghan tradition, though no similar restrictions exist in any other member state of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
“The basic rights of women and girls, including the right to education and to work, and representation in public and political life, are not only fundamental obligations of a state but also critical to build state capacity for long-term development and economic growth and peace and security,” read the assessment.
“Any formal reintegration of Afghanistan into global institutions and systems will require the participation and leadership of Afghan women.”
The IEA has however repeatedly said the decrees issued have been to protect women’s basic rights.
In a statement issued last week in response to the UN’s assessment, the IEA said that hundreds of thousands of women continue to work in the public sector, specifically in education, health, security and other ministries. “Approximately 23.4% of all civil servants are women,” the document read.
The IEA also stated that a major initiative to promote women entrepreneurs has been launched; that it has rounded up thousands of street beggars – majority of which were women. These women now receive a regular stipend.
The IEA also said it has a strong central government, which extends to all corners of the country, and has unified Afghanistan politically and socially.
The assessment recommended that the UN pursue an inclusive form of governance and engage with all Afghans.
It said that pursuing “intra-Afghan dialogue” would enable progress towards the complete normalization and integration of Afghanistan into the international system.
“Afghanistan is a diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian, multi-linguistic and multicultural society,” the report said.
“The inclusion of all Afghan communities in the nation’s governance structures is central to the social and political stability of Afghanistan.”
Reports meanwhile indicate that in the meeting behind closed doors at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Malta’s ambassador to the UN, Vanessa Frazier, highlighted concerns over the political, humanitarian, security and human rights situation in Afghanistan.
“This was in response to the independent assessment, produced by Feridun Sinirlioglu, which was tasked to consider the current challenges faced by Afghanistan,” Ms Frazier said.
Amongst these concerns, Malta said, were the lack of inclusive governance, the humanitarian crisis, the continued security risk posed by terrorist groups, and the deeply concerning human rights situation, including of women and girls.
However, the UAE’s National reported that in an open letter to the UN, 71 Afghan civil society organizations, networks and coalitions in Afghanistan and in exile, expressed “deep reservations” about the report.
They found the assessment to be “influenced by the security and geopolitical interests of the member states and regional powers, rather than the need and plight of the Afghanistan people”.
They believe the report is developed based on a “pre-assumed policy of appeasement and engagement” with the IEA without considering recommendations of women, civil society and other groups, the National reported.
Report From Aryana News.