Afghanistan: UN raises issue of violence against women, girls in Afghanistan – Times of India

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Kabul : United Nations In Afghanistan On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), calls on all to take concrete action to end violence against women.
According to Unama Press advisory statement, it called on everyone to take concrete action to end violence against women in Afghanistan, reported Khama Press,
The statement added that the global community needs to hear the voices and experiences of Afghan women and girls and respond urgently to their needs, especially survivors of violence and those who face many forms of discrimination.
“The message we get from our colleagues and women across the country is clear – violence against women that was already at an alarming level has intensified due to both the crisis and COVID-19. And yet, the violence Life-saving services have stopped for women survivors of fear of being targeted,” Alison Davidian said, United Nations Women’s Country Representative In Afghanistan.
According to Khama Press’s report, women and girls living in fear leave behind all past and present efforts for peace and sustainable development that is essential for Afghanistan.
“Violence at home affects everyone – women and girls, men and boys, families and communities, societies and economies, in Afghanistan and around the world. Gender-based violence has devastating effects on women’s physical and mental health. It affects their limit their ability to prosper. And lead free and equal lives. Now more than ever we need to respond to the needs of women and girls who are victims of violence and their unhindered access to life-saving services, including shelter, health care and counseling Need to be sure. These services are life-saving,” said Alison Davidian.
Gender-based violence remains a serious threat to women and girls and is a major obstacle to achieving sustainable development and peace. Violence against women referred to as the ‘shadow epidemic’ has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the humanitarian crisis.
Deborah Lyon, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Afghanistan, said: “We must work together to tackle this shadow pandemic. The violence must stop, we must change attitudes that shame survivors and support violence.” If we do, we must support services for survivors.”
Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of violence against women globally, with 9 out of 10 women experiencing at least one type of intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
Violence against women and girls in Afghanistan has resulted in increased restrictions on women and girls’ enjoyment of their rights and freedoms, especially women’s right to work and their freedom of movement. While the need for services has increased, access to essential services for survivors of violence has been greatly affected, read the statement.

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