The Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina J. Mohammed spoke to reporters in New York about her recent trip to Afghanistan.
“In the case of the engagement with the Taliban, their messages were off one script – all the things they say they have done and that have not got recognition for. We reminded them that even in the case where they talked about the rights, edicts that they had promulgated for protecting women,” she said.
Referring to her recent visit to Afghanistan, Mohammed expressed concerns over the rights of women and said she hopes that this “trip has contributed to reinforcing our demands that these bans are reversed, reinforcing the demands of women’s rights and girl’s rights to be respected.”
This comes as the spokesman of the US Department of State, Ned Price, said that Washington supports the people of Afghanistan.
"We have also consistently stood up for the Afghan people, for the rights of the Afghan people. The rights that the Taliban committed to respecting, that includes the rights of women, girls, religious minorities, ethnic minorities. When we say all of the people of Afghanistan, we mean all of the people of Afghanistan,” Price said.
“Such bans in education and work will damage our society, particularly our people,” said Suraya Paikan, a women’s rights activist.
But the Islamic Emirate committed to ensuring the rights of all citizens within Islamic structure.
Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that the caretaker Afghan government believes in negotiations on the unsolved issues.
“We want the UN officials and other representatives to continue their engagement and contact. The concerns that they have and other observations, they should share it with us,” he said.
Two senior officials of the UN have visited Afghanistan after the Islamic Emirate issued back-to-back decrees that barred women from going to work and higher education.
The Islamic Emirate said that the decree was for a temporary period of time but there has yet to be any progress to allow females back to work and education.