Experts decry measures to ‘steadily erase’ Afghan women and girls from public life

Asha Bajaj
3 min readJan 19, 2022
Women at the UNICEF-supported Mirza Mohammad Khan clinic in Afghanistan. Image credit: © UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi

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New York: Taliban leaders in Afghanistan are institutionalizing large-scale and systematic gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls, independent UN human rights experts warned on Monday.

The group of around three dozen Human Rights Council-appointed experts highlighted a “wave of measures” such as barring women from returning to their jobs, requiring a male relative to accompany them in public spaces, prohibiting women from using public transport on their own, as well as imposing a strict dress code on women and girls.

“Taken together, these policies constitute a collective punishment of women and girls, grounded on gender-based bias and harmful practices,” the experts said.

These policies have also affected the ability of women to work and to make a living, pushing them further into poverty.

“Women heads of households are especially hard hit, with their suffering compounded by the devastating consequences of the humanitarian crisis in the country”, they explained.

The experts also noted the increased risk of exploitation of women and girls, including trafficking for the purposes of child…



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