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Afghan-American Woman Wins ‘Gender Champion Award’

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Belquis Ahamdi, an Afghan-American citizen won the ‘Gender Champion Award’ of the Global Women’s Affairs Office at the U.S. Department of State for her endless efforts to advocate for Afghan women and girls.  

The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues on Thursday said on Twitter that the ‘Gender Champion Award’ was granted to Belquis Ahmadi for all that she has done to advocate for and support the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan for decades.  

Meanwhile, the U.S. Secretary of States Antony Blinken congratulated Belquis Ahmadi for receiving the prestigious award and supporting Afghan women, girls, and human rights during these difficult times.

Furthermore, Rina Amiri, U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights also wrote on Twitter that this award is to recognize all the works Ms. Ahmadi has done to advocate for women, girls, and the vulnerable communities of Afghanistan. Rina Amiri is an Afghan-born American diplomat, currently serving at the United States Institute of Peace.

Since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021, the radical group has issued serval gender-based decrees depriving Afghan women and girls of the right to education, to earn a living income, and to appear in public places.

The complete isolation of Afghan women, girls, and rights groups is not acceptable to the people of Afghanistan, the international community, and its partners. Since the implementation of the bans, foreign governments, and international aid organizations have repeatedly called on the de facto authorities of Afghanistan to lift the bans and respect all the people of Afghanistan, including women, girls, rights groups, and religious minorities.

Responding to gender-based bans, Washington recently issued ‘visa restrictions’ on some former and current Taliban leaders including their family members.

Furthermore, the governments of Swede and Demark have announced granting refugee status to Afghan women and girls amid the deteriorating living conditions under the Taliban-run administration in Afghanistan.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) appreciated the decision by Danish and Swedish Immigration Authorities for extending their helping hands to the isolated women and girls of Afghanistan during these difficult times. HRW said the two nations should be models for other countries around the world to follow.

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