Violence against Afghan women and girls "widespread and systemic"

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Women tend crops in rural Afghanistan.UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Violence against women and girls is a widespread and systemic problem in Afghanistan, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against women.

Rashida Manjoo who has spent a week touring the country investigating the current situation, urged the Afghan government and international community to make sure the perpetrators of crimes are held accountable.

"Accountability for all crimes committed against women and girls, the empowerment of women and the transformation of society needs to remain a focus for the government of Afghanistan, for independent state institutions, for civil society organizations and also for the international community."

Afghanistan continues to recover from decades of insecurity as attacks by the outlawed Taliban group, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups continue.

Ms. Manjoo's findings from her trip to Afghanistan are expected to be released in a comprehensive report that she will present to the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2015.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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