Afghanistan: Gender activists seek global action against Taliban to respect women’s rights
Some gender activists have charged world leaders to take decisive action against the Taliban Islamic government in Afghanistan to respect the rights of women and girls in the country.
The activists said world leaders should not perceive human rights abuses as an Afghanistan issue but a global one, which has become more pronounced.
The activists made the call on Wednesday at a hybrid conference tagged “The Effect of the Afghanistan Taliban Regime on women and girls rights’ held virtually.
The panellists were Suhaila Mubariz, an Associate professor (Afghanistan), Odion Akhaine, a Professor of Political Science (Nigeria), Tricia Nabaye, a Human Rights activist (Uganda), Najilaa Attaallah a Gender Specialist (Palestine), and Kehinde Kayode a Gender rights Advocate (Nigeria).
The activist stressed that under no circumstances should the rights of women and girls be undermined in any system, arguing that condemnation of the attitudes of the Taliban should not only be on social media but actions should be taken by the world leaders.
“The situation in that country, the Afghan affair, particularly on the protection of women and girls’ rights and minority groups’ rights under the Taliban regime should not be seen as only the Afghan affairs, but world affairs”, the activists said.
The panellists further stressed that the labour and resources of many non-governmental organisations and the international community in the promotion of women’s rights in the past twenty years in Afghanistan should not be allowed to go in vain.
” Under the current situation in Afghanistan, there is a resounding need to prioritize the safety of women and girls, particularly those, who are gender rights activists and were mobilizing other women to advocate for their rights before and during the current Taliban regime”, the panellists said.
The panellists noted that world leaders should demand accountability for what is going on in Afghanistan, more particularly from the human rights position.
They reaffirmed that women and girls suffer most in conflicting areas, adding that the way for gender activists to help is to use their voices and mount pressure on the Taliban regime to protect women and girls’ rights.
The panellists said the lack of political will of many superpowers of the world to the Afghanistan issue is most questionable, adding that there is a need to re-examine why many countries are standing aloof about the issues in Afghanistan.
The activists suggested that there is a budding need for world leaders to work with the Taliban regime since they are already in control of the state power.
However, Professor Odion noted that the purpose of having the discussion is to also enlighten the local audience on the issues occurring in Afghanistan and how better to protect human rights across the globe.
Director of the Girls 4 Leadership Initiative, Kehinde Kayode, reaffirmed that the organization under whose platform the discussion was organized would not relent on ensuring that women’s and girls’ rights are protected globally.