UN / AFGHANISTAN WOMEN

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Former Afghan women politicians asked the international community on Thursday to pressure the Taliban “to put their words in action” and fulfill their promises made in 2019 in Qatar including girls’ education and women’s rights. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

21 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, speakers at the stakeout
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Fawzia Koofi, former Peace Negotiator and first woman Deputy Speaker of Afghan Parliament:
“The reason we are here today is to meet with different member states and ask them to regard women and human rights in Afghanistan as a matter of national security of their own countries, because it's not just a political or social issue but it's a matter of security. Because if there is a reliable government in Afghanistan that will accommodate diversity and inclusion of everyone, including women, that can be a trustable partner to the world, but the reality is at this stage, it's not.”
4.Wide shot, speakers at the stakeout
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Fawzia Koofi, former Peace Negotiator and first woman Deputy Speaker of Afghan Parliament:
“We could have avoided the situation, if things could be better managed in terms of the withdrawal of the US forces, in terms of, you know, the management of the peace process, we could avoid the catastrophic situation that we face now, but it didn't happen that way. Now, Afghanistan, we all failed it. Moving forward if we abandon it and if we abandon the people of Afghanistan, the consequences are going to be huge not only on the people of Afghanistan but on the rest of the world.”
6.Wide shot, speakers at the stakeout
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Naheed Fareed, former Afghan Parliamentarian and Chairperson of House Standing Committee for Human Rights, Civil Society and Women Affairs:
“I don't know if world want to register in the history that they want to give seat to such kind of government that does not… I don't want to say the government… a de facto structure that is in place in Afghanistan, can represents Afghan people, Afghan women their dignity, their desires. From my point of view, they don't.”
8.Wide shot, speakers at the stakeout
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Asila Wardak, former Afghan Diplomat:
“I just would like to ask United Nations and also all member states to engage with Taliban. They are now there; they are in power; they have to work with them. If you're going to give them seat at least there should be conditions, not conditions on the humanitarian assistance - that people are dying - 18 million of people are hungry. So, there are no conditions on the humanitarian assistance but yes, in terms of recognition, there should be a condition-based recognition. And what I also ask international community to ask Taliban to fulfill their promises because when we were in in Qatar in 2019, they were mentioning about girls education, a woman can go to school, woman can walk everywhere. And then this is the time that international community if they really thinking that they are our allies and they are our strategic partners they have to pressurize the Taliban to put their words in action.”
10.Zoom out, speakers leaving stakeout

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Former Afghan women politicians asked the international community on Thursday to pressure the Taliban “to put their words in action” and fulfill their promises made in 2019 in Qatar including girls’ education and women’s rights.

Supported by the UK Mission to the UN and UN Women, in the context of the Security Council’s Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, the former Afghan women leaders address the reporters at the Security Council stakeout in New York.

“The reason we are here today is to meet with different member states and ask them to regard women and human rights in Afghanistan as a matter of national security of their own countries, because it's not just a political or social issue but it's a matter of security,” said Fawzia Koofi, former Peace Negotiator and first woman Deputy Speaker of Afghan Parliament, adding that “at this stage, there is no reliable government in Afghanistan to “accommodate diversity and inclusion of everyone, including women, that can be a trustable partner to the world.”

Koofi also said the world could have avoided “the catastrophic situation that we face now,” if it had better managed the Afghan peace process or the withdrawal of US forces.
“Afghanistan, we all failed it. Moving forward if we abandon it and if we abandon the people of Afghanistan, the consequences are going to be huge not only on the people of Afghanistan but on the rest of the world,” Koofi said.

Asked by reporters should the Taliban get the seat at the United Nations,a former Afghan Parliamentarian and Chairperson of House Standing Committee for Human Rights, Civil Society and Women Affairs Naheed Fareed said “I don't know if world want to register in the history that they want to give seat to such kind of government” that from her point of view does not represents “Afghan people, Afghan women their dignity, their desires.”

To the same point, Asila Wardak, aformer Afghan Diplomat said “I just would like to ask United Nations and also all member states to engage with Taliban. They are now there; they are in power; they have to work with them.”

However, Wardak said that if the UN is “going to give them seat at least there should be conditions,” including girls’ education and women’s rights.

“This is the time for the international community, if they really think that they are our allies and they are our strategic partners, they have to pressurize the Taliban to put their words in action,” Wardak said.
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