Cash assistance enables Afghan women to weather the harsh winter

Ornate multicoloured mosques stand in sharp contrast against the barren, snow-capped mountains in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh Province. While summers here are sweltering, winters can be ...
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In the words of Afghanistan’s earthquake survivor Sayeeda: “I am infinitely happy that I can have supplies for winter and not go to bed hungry”

Sayeeda, who is more than 50 years old, has endured a difficult and challenging life. She can only see through one eye, her feet are ...
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Photo essay: A glimpse into the lives of Afghan women

Since August 2021, Afghan women and girls have been grappling with increasingly restrictive decrees limiting their participation in all aspects of social, economic, and political ...
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Hundreds of thousands of Afghans face harsh return after expulsion from Pakistan

In early September 2023, fewer than 300 people per day crossed the official border points from Pakistan to enter Afghanistan. But since the Government of ...
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Women in Afghanistan: From almost everywhere to almost nowhere

UN Women partnered with Mona Chalabi to illustrate the scope and the severity of the restrictions on women and girls’ access to public space and ...
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Statement on Afghanistan by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous

It is now two years since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, during which time it has imposed the most comprehensive, systematic, and unparalleled assault ...
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In the words of Hira*: ‘Imagine a generation in depression.’

Hira* is a former public servant in Kunar, Afghanistan. Photo: UN Women/Habib Sayed Bidell I grew up in an educated but conservative family. My family ...
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In the words of Arefa*: ‘I had a job before. I had bread and peace. I am now under house arrest.’

Arefa* is a teacher and midwife in Farah, Afghanistan. Photo: UN Women/Habib Sayed Bidell Before 15 August [2021], I worked as teacher and a midwife ...
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In the words of Ghotai*: ‘Afghanistan has become the graveyard of buried hopes.’

Ghotai* is a computer science student in Baghlan, Afghanistan. Photo: UN Women/Habib Sayed Bidell One week before the Taliban takeover, I received my admission to ...
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In the words of Adela*: ‘I went to the streets every day to fight even harder than the day before.’

Adela* is a teacher and protester in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: UN Women/Habib Sayed Bidell Before August 2021, I was a teacher. After August 2021, I ...
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After August – Voices of Afghan women two years after the Taliban takeover

On 15 August 2021, everything changed for women and girls in Afghanistan. First came the curbs on girls’ education and women’s right to work, then ...
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From UN Women Afghanistan to all the Afghan women and girls we serve

Fighting for women’s rights is a fierce struggle everywhere in the world. But nowhere have more lives depended on it than in Afghanistan right now. ...
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Statement on Afghanistan by Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

UN Women strongly condemns the Taliban’s latest discriminatory decision to ban Afghan women from working with the United Nations in Afghanistan. We stand in full ...
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Afghanistan: Top UN delegation tells Taliban to end confinement, deprivation, abuse of women’s rights

Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, the Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, and the Assistant Secretary-General for UN political, peacebuilding and peace operations, Khaled Khiari, spend four days ...
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Press release following UN Deputy Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director’s visit to Afghanistan

High-level UN delegation led by the Deputy Secretary-General calls on Afghanistan’s de facto Taliban authorities to reverse course on recent decrees limiting women’s and girls’ ...
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Statement: The decree barring women in Afghanistan from working in non-governmental organisations is yet another stark violation of women’s rights

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on the Taliban prohibition of women working with national and international non-governmental organisations. Updated Once again, the ...
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