The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has called for an end to violence against women and girls in the country. UNAMA made the appeal in a statement issued on Thursday commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW).
In commemoration of the day, UNAMA called for unity and commitment to address violence against women and girls.
In its statement, UNAMA has declared that gender-based violence continues to be a serious threat to women and girls and a major obstacle to achieving sustainable development.
Commenting on the prevalence of COVID-19 and the humanitarian crisis, UNAMA added that “violence against women has increased significantly as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic and the humanitarian crisis”.
According to the UN office, worldwide a third of women are subjected to physical or sexual abuse and “especially to a close friend”.
The risk of violence against women and girls in Afghanistan is the highest in the world, according to UNAMA, where “9 out of 10 women are subjected to one form of violence in their lifetime,” she said.
The UN special envoy to Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, called on the people to take action to end the violence and called on countries to listen to the plight of Afghan women and to respond quickly to their needs.
“We must work together to eradicate this scourge. Violence must be prevented, we must change the mindset of survivors and support violence, we must help survivors,” he said.
According to the UN office in Kabul, recent sanctions on women in Afghanistan, especially restrictions on their right to work and education, have increased the level of violence against women.
“The message we receive from our colleagues and women across the country is very clear – violence against women that was once dangerous, exacerbated by all hardships and COVID-19. said Alison Davidian, UN Women Country Representative in Afghanistan.
The UN has exacerbated violence against women and a major problem in the quest for peace and sustainable development that is essential for Afghanistan. The council called on all people to take action to end violence against women and girls who do not use their full potential for the betterment of our country.
EVAW – Ending Violence Against Women – is a 16-day period each year to raise awareness of gender-based violence. It begins on November 25, the international day of EVAW, and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day.
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