Lana Nusseibeh, ambassador of the UAE to the UN, deemed it “inacceptable” on Thursday that more than a year after the Taliban seized control, females in Afghanistan are still not permitted to enroll in secondary education.
During an annual conference centered on women’s leadership as a means of bringing peace to areas rife with violence, Ms. Nusseibeh addressed the UN Security Council, saying, “This is supporting gender apartheid.” “We find ourselves still battling the misconceptions of women and girls as victims or survivors, but not agents of change.”
According to Ms. Nusseibeh, another illustration of how violence against women and girls may take many different forms is the exclusion of female Afghans from public and social life.
More than ever, she declared, “activity is the missing component.” Instead than talking about empowering women, we should simply give them authority.
Women who work in the economy, she continued, “are more robust against assault.”
She emphasized how crucial it was for women to have access to technology in order to assist them catch up economically to males.
They need to have their views heard and amplified in class, among their peers, and in all other areas of public life where they belong, according to Ms. Nusseibeh. Give them the technological resources they need to compete in the same world as men and boys, please.
According to UN Women executive director Sima Bahous, financing for women’s organizations in countries with ongoing conflicts is severely lacking, falling from $181 million in 2019 to $150 million in 2020.
77% of Afghan women’s civil society organizations, according to Ms. Bahous, “have not gotten any financing and are no longer doing programs.”
Additionally, she pointed out that, compared to the worldwide average, the participation of women in national parliaments in 2021 is 5% lower in conflict-affected nations and 16% lower in local governments.