Afghanistan's gender-based violence is being addressed by the UN.

The Taliban urged to take immediate action to end violence against women . The fundamental rights of Afghan women must be respected, says Roza Otunbayeva .

Kabul (Afghanistan), November 25, : The UN mission in Afghanistan has urged the Taliban to take immediate action to end violence against women and the wider erosion of women's rights as a key component of efforts to achieve a sustainable and productive society.The call came as the world commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, in a world with one of the highest rates of violence The fundamental rights of Afghan women must be respected, and concrete steps must be taken to create a conducive environment free from all forms of violence, according to Roza Otunbayeva, the Secretary-Generals Special Representative for Afghanistan.According to Otunbayeva, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), protecting the rights of women is a crucial component for stability, prosperity, and long-term stability in Afghanistan.The situation has been compounded by a devastating humanitarian and economic crisis, as well as the restrictions on womens fundamental rights, such as the freedom to travel, work, seek education, and participate in public life, according to the UN mission.In the absence of laws and practices that protect and promote gender equality and women's rights, and the enactment of laws and regulations that encourage gender equality and women's rights, the underlying political assumptions that perpetuate injustice have been strengthened, said Alison David We know it is impossible to create a world where women and girls are free from violence without providing specific services to empower them, such as initiatives to support their voice, agency, and participation in decisions impacting their lives.We need to redouble our efforts to invest in the safety and empowerment of women and girls in Afghanistan, as shown by the 16 Days of Activism on International Human Rights Day on November 25-December 10.

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