OHCHR / BACHELET AFGHANISTAN VISIT

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Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, visited Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, where she met with members of civil society organizations at a UN compound in the centre of the capital. OHCHR

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DATELINE: 10 MARCH 2022, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

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10 MARCH 2022, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

1. Wide shot, ancient fortress located in the south of the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan
2. Wide shot, hills surrounding Kabul, Afghanistan
3. Pan, arrival at Kabul airport
4. Wide shot, Michelle Bachelet exiting building and entering vehicle
5. Med shot, exiting Kabul Airport
6. Various shots, UN convoy in Kabul
7. Wide shot, courtyard of UN compound in Kabul
8. Various shots, Michelle Bachelet meeting with representative of civil society organizations
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Here in Kabul, I am listening to women share their experiences and those of their sisters, and I am speaking to the de facto authorities about the urgent, critical need to make progress towards the realization of women and girls’ fundamental human rights and to bring to an end the many serious human rights violations to which women and girls are being subjected.”
10. Wide shot, Michelle Bachelet arriving at Presidential palace being greeted by head of protocol
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The women of this country are often portrayed in the international fora and media as victims. In fact, Afghan women have – in the face of war, extreme poverty and unspeakable violence and discrimination – been working tirelessly to protect and provide for their families and communities. They have been threatened and attacked for speaking up, and denied and excluded from positions of power and decision-making, but this has not stopped them from advocating courageously for their rights and creating networks of support. They are not passive bystanders.”
12. Wide shot, Michelle Bachelet meeting with representative of civil society organizations
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Girls should be able to go to school and university and be empowered to contribute robustly to the future of their country. Women should be visibly represented in courts of law, in government and in the private sector – indeed in every sphere of civic and public life.”
14. Wide shot, Michelle Bachelet meeting with representative of civil society organizations
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Violence against women and girls – in public and private spheres - should never be tolerated, should be condemned and perpetrators brought to justice.”
16. Wide shot, Michelle Bachelet meeting with representative of civil society organizations

STORYLINE:

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, visited Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, where she met with members of civil society organizations at a UN compound in the centre of the capital.

On the week of International Women’s Day, Afghan women representing several civil organizations called for their voices to be heard.

“Here in Kabul, I am listening to women share their experiences and those of their sisters, and I am speaking to the de facto authorities about the urgent, critical need to make progress towards the realization of women and girls’ fundamental human rights and to bring to an end the many serious human rights violations to which women and girls are being subjected,” said Bachelet.

The High Commissioner also attended meetings with the de facto authorities.

According to her, “the women of this country are often portrayed in the international fora and media as victims."

"In fact, Afghan women have – in the face of war, extreme poverty and unspeakable violence and discrimination – been working tirelessly to protect and provide for their families and communities. They have been threatened and attacked for speaking up, and denied and excluded from positions of power and decision-making, but this has not stopped them from advocating courageously for their rights and creating networks of support. They are not passive bystanders,” Bachelet said.

The High commissioner stressed that “girls should be able to go to school and university and be empowered to contribute robustly to the future of their country."

"Women should be visibly represented in courts of law, in government and in the private sector – indeed in every sphere of civic and public life,” she added.

For the High Commissioner, “violence against women and girls – in public and private spheres - should never be tolerated, should be condemned and perpetrators brought to justice.”
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