UN General Assembly To Discuss Situation of Afghan Women, Says UNSG

Thursday, 09/14/2023

Close on the heels of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General told Afghanistan International, that he will discuss the situation of Afghan women with the world leaders.

He added that the current state of Afghan women is a major concern to him.

Maryam Rahmati, Afghanistan International's correspondent at the UN headquarters, said that although the violation of Afghan women's rights will be discussed at the General Assembly, it does not seem that Afghanistan will be the main focus of the world.

The 78th session of the United Nations Assembly is scheduled to be held on September 28 in New York City. The main theme of the assembly is “rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: accelerating action on the 2030 agenda and its sustainable development goals”.

Although Afghanistan will not be the focus the country's discussions this year, the situation of human rights, especially the situation of Afghan women, had been discussed in the United Nations Human Rights Council this week.

Member countries mainly criticised the Taliban for human rights violations. Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan, pointed out the deterioration of the situation for women, ethnic and religious minorities, and called for serious measures to tackle these issues.

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