IPU welcomes release of abducted Afghan woman parliamentarian

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed the release of an Afghan woman politician who had been abducted more than three weeks ago.

Media reports say Fariba Kakar, a Member of Parliament (MP) in Kandahar province, was released on Saturday by the Taliban.

Kakar had been abducted in mid-August together with her three children while driving to her constituency to celebrate the end of Ramadan. The children were later freed.

The IPU notes that her kidnapping was the latest in a string of violent attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan.

The organization reiterates its call for greater security for women MPs in the country who make up less than 30 per cent of all parliamentarians.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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