Feminine senators name on Biden to guard Afghan girls and ladies


Afghan schoolgirls stroll alongside a path as they return from college in Mazar-i-Sharif on October 30, 2021.

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All 24 feminine U.S. senators despatched a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday, calling on him to guard the rights of Afghan girls and ladies within the wake of the U.S. army withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa., led the group of senators of their name for the Biden administration to develop an “interagency plan” that preserves the political, social, financial and fundamental human rights of Afghan girls and ladies.

Such a plan also needs to handle how the U.S. will work with worldwide organizations — such because the United Nations — to carry the Taliban accountable, the senators mentioned within the letter. 

“You might have dedicated to press the Taliban to uphold the rights of ladies and ladies, and you’ve got said that America will preserve a permanent partnership with the individuals of Afghanistan resisting Taliban rule,” the senators mentioned within the letter.

“We are going to advise, help, and allow these efforts by way of laws and engagement along with your Administration,” they added. 

The White Home did not instantly reply to a request for touch upon the letter.

The U.S. wrapped up its last evacuation flights out of Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 30, ending a 20-year battle within the war-torn nation. Biden has defended his determination to withdraw U.S. troops regardless of the Taliban’s speedy takeover of Afghanistan earlier that month, which left Afghan residents residing in worry for his or her lives beneath the group’s rule. 

Of their letter, the senators famous that U.S. disengagement from Afghanistan threatens a few of “hard-won positive aspects” for Afghan girls and ladies’ participation in public life. Final 12 months, for example, an estimated 3.5 million ladies have been in class, with 100,000 girls who attended private and non-private universities. 

Girls additionally started to thrive within the enterprise and authorities sector within the final 12 months, the senators added within the letter. The Afghanistan Girls Chamber of Commerce and Business reported that greater than 1,000 feminine entrepreneurs emerged, and girls have been elected to senior authorities positions. 

Nevertheless, with out a “official” Afghan authorities and army forces to guard them, girls and ladies now face the specter of the Taliban regime that has traditionally brutalized, remoted and denied them of their rights, the senators mentioned within the letter. 

The senators famous that Taliban leaders will not be upholding guarantees to make sure the security of ladies beneath the brand new authorities. 

Following the nation’s switch of energy to the group in August, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid vowed to not infringe on girls’s rights. Mujahid mentioned the group was dedicated to upholding their rights throughout the framework of Shariah legislation and would permit girls to check and work, based on NBC Information.

However girls have typically been topic to focused killings, beatings and are prohibited from leaving house with out a male guardian, the senators mentioned. As an example, photographs surfaced in August displaying bloodied girls and kids crushed by Taliban fighters that cracked down on a protest.

“Afghan girls and ladies want our motion now,” the senators mentioned within the letter, including that they request a briefing from the Biden administration on its interagency plan.


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