UN Women report highlights concerns about Afghan women’s well-being

Women’s protest in Kabul. File photo.

In a report covering the period from April to June of this year, the United Nations organization for women, UN Women, conducted interviews with 592 women across 22 provinces in Afghanistan to assess the status of women in the country.

The findings of the report indicate that 38% of the respondents emphasized the importance of the international community’s attention to issues related to gender equality and women’s rights, in contrast to 18% who urged a focus on economic development and another 18% who called for humanitarian assistance.

The survey also reveals that 69% of female respondents reported a significant increase in feelings of anxiety, isolation, and depression during the specified period. This represents a notable rise compared to the 57% who expressed similar sentiments from January to March.

According to the report, the influence of women in decision-making within their families has experienced a sharp decline, plummeting from 90% in January to a mere 16% in June.

Furthermore, 80% of those surveyed stated that their ability to generate income has diminished.

The report highlights that 48% of respondents indicated a deterioration in their relationships with male family members compared to previous times.

Regarding the recognition of the Taliban by the United Nations, 50% of the respondents believed that such recognition was granted solely on the condition of improved women’s rights.

In contrast, 48% of those surveyed firmly opposed the idea of the United Nations recognizing the Taliban under any circumstances.

A small minority of 4% expressed the view that the Taliban should be recognized without any preconditions.