The European Union (EU) has called on Afghan government to conduct “prompt and significant” action to end violence against women in Afghanistan.
“2017 has been another difficult year for the Afghan women,” the European Union Delegation for Afghanistan said in a press release on Saturday.
According to the newly-published report of the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan, the level of violence against women remains the same, 3,778 cases of violence recorded throughout the year.
This number includes 231 cases of murder, 1,003 cases of beating and 38 cases of rape.
This is highly worrying and unacceptable, the European Union said in the press release. “On the occasion of the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2017, the EU Delegation in Afghanistan calls for prompt and significant action from the Afghan Government to end violence against women.”
The EU head of delegation in Afghanistan, Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon, said: “The new figures about violence against women in Afghanistan are highly disappointing. Elimination of violence against women has been a major task of the Afghan Government and international community and it is crucial to see rapid improvements in this area.”
“The National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security needs to be implemented and there must be full participation of women in all aspects social and political life including peace process and elections,” the European Union envoy said.
Elimination of violence and discrimination against women and girls remains a pivotal objective of the European Union's Human Rights Policy, the EU press release said.
The European Union remains strongly committed to eliminating violence against all women and girls across the world, the statement added.