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UN’s top delegation in Kabul to discuss women’s rights

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Kabul: Senior UN officials have arrived in Kabul for talks as the United Nations chief voiced concern over imposed restriction on women, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

Since returning to power 17 months ago, the Afghan interim government have imposed severe restrictions on women, keeping them out of government jobs, banning them from secondary schools and universities, and prohibiting them from visiting parks.

The UN delegation, which arrived Monday, includes Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Sima Bahous, executive secretary of UN Women, spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Also attending is Khaled Khiari, a senior official of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Haq said, declining to give further details of the visit citing security reasons.

Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounced the “unprecedented, systemic attacks on women’s and girls’ rights,” which according to him “are creating gender-based apartheid.”

Before arriving in Afghanistan, the delegation held talks in several countries in the region, the Gulf, Asia and Europe to discuss women’s and girls’ rights and sustainable development.

Farhan also said that talks in Kabul are mainly focused on the issue of women education and work.

After the recent developments in Afghanistan, some international organizations have suspended their activities.

Although some international aid agencies partially resumed their activities after receiving assurances from the Taliban authorities that women could continue to work in the health sector.

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