The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in a resolution reaffirmed “its unwavering commitment to the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by all women, girls and children in Afghanistan, including the right to freedom of movement, the right to education, the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including their sexual and reproductive health, the right to work and the right of access to justice on an equal basis with others.”
The OHCHR issued the resolution on July 8 following an urgent debate on the situation in Afghanistan.
“The Council called for measures to ensure that local women’s rights organizations and local organizations led by women could continue to carry out their work all over Afghanistan and support women and girls; and requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to organize an enhanced interactive dialogue during its fifty-first session,” the resolution reads.
Meanwhile, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan said that the resolution “sends a message to the Taliban to reverse practices that abuse rights of women and girls.”
At Human Right Council’s 51 session there will again be an "opportunity for Afghan women to share their concerns and for the Council to act,” he said on Twitter.
Also, the US special envoy for Afghanistan women and human rights, Rina Amiri, in an Eid message called on the Muslim country to stand with the people of Afghanistan, particularly women.
“I ask that men and women, leaders and scholars, clerics and activists in the Muslim world stand with the Afghan people, particularly women and girls who are facing some of the most extreme restrictions in the world,” she said on Twitter.
An Afghan female rights activist, Hakima, called on the UN to use leverage to “put pressure on the Islamic Emirate.”
“We call on the UN to use an alternative way for putting pressure on the Taliban, so it can bring results,” she said.
Earlier, the deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, speaking at a gathering of domestic products sellers in Kabul, said that women need to be included in the political, economic and social areas of society.