The United States announced on Wednesday the appointment of a special emissary to defend the rights of Afghan women, a priority for Washington. after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.
Rina Amiri, an Afghan-born American academic and mediation expert who worked for the government of Democrat Barack Obama, will serve as President Joe Biden’s special emissary for the rights of women and girls and human rights in Afghanistan. announced the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
“As a special emissary, you will work on a number of issues that are critically important to me, to the US administration, and to the national security of the United States: the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women, girls and other populations at risk in all their diversity”He added in a statement.
Almost six months after the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Blinken recalled that the United States wanted “A peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan, where all Afghans can live and prosper”.
The Taliban seek international recognition, thus they have pledged to rule with less brutality than when they were previously in power between 1996 and 2001, but women are still practically excluded from public administrations and from access to secondary education.
They have also recommended to drivers that do not transport women on long journeys if they are unaccompanied.
Respect for women’s rights is one of the conditions required by foreign governments donors to resume international aid to Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries.
Afghanistan is on the brink of economic collapse and the UN has warned of an upcoming “rush of hunger”, with 22 of the 40 million Afghans at risk of suffering an “acute” food shortage this local winter.
(With information from AFP)