The UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan that “includes women too."
In an interview with TOLOnews, the UN official said the international community “has a set of principles” that Afghanistan does not meet them for now.
“An inclusive government that is diverse and representative. It means that it includes women too. So yes, there are a number of conditions and principles I would say that are put down for Afghanistan to consider. It is a decision that Afghanistan takes. Right now, you have the de facto authorities that we have to engage with,” she said.
The UN official said that women and girls cannot be excluded from society.
“When you are part of a family, there are principles and values and agreement that you have to co-exist and the international family has a set of principles, has norms, has standard. Afghanistan today doesn’t meet them and that is the conversation that we have to have is that you cannot exclude women and girls from participation in their country. They have a right. They are citizens. They are partners and so to say that they would not have an education that would empower them to participate or that they would not be able to be in the workplace that would also not allow other women to have a service from women,” she added.
The Islamic Emirate meanwhile said that the UN should not impose its demands on the people of Afghanistan.
“We call on organizations and key countries to consider the wishes of the people of Afghanistan in this regard and not impose their issues on the people of Afghanistan,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, Islamic Emirate’s spokesman.
A UN delegation led by Amina Mohammed visited Afghanistan last week and held talks with senior officials of the Islamic Emirate about women’s education and work.