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Afghanistan: The systematic discrimination of women is part of a segregation policy

STATEMENT BY MS NATHALIE BROADHURST,DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS

TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL(TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH)


I would like to thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roza Otunbayeva, Ms Lisa Doughten and Ms Manizha Wafeq for their statements.

Mr. President,

It’s been over 1,000 days since more than 1.5 million girls no longer go to school in Afghanistan. In addition to this grim tally, which has serious consequences for the country’s future, there are other increasingly serious violations of the fundamental rights of women and girls in the country.

It was with concern that we learned this month of reports that the salaries of some female civil servants had been cut by almost half. This is yet another discriminatory measure in a long list of cases. This systematic discrimination is part of a segregation policy that France firmly condemns. They have disastrous consequences for the country’s economic future and stability. We would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the human rights’ situation in Afghanistan for its remarkable work, as well as UNAMA’s specialized teams.

We note with concern that all the rights of Afghans are being flouted on a daily basis, notably with the return of massive and public corporal punishment.


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