The representative of the United Nations Women’s Agency in Afghanistan said on Monday that the deterioration of women’s rights in Afghanistan is an “alarm bell” to the world, displaying how decades of progress can be erased in just months.

The majority of Afghan women and girls have seen a decline in their rights, their health, and their social and political status practically every day since August 15th, according to Alison Davidian, UN Women representative in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan continues to be the only nation in the world where girls are not allowed to attend high school. She Davidian said that, with the exception of a few sectors and specific jobs, women are not allowed to work outside the home.

“Anywhere in the world, the act of walking outside your front door is an ordinary part of life,” said Alison Davidian, UN Women representative for Afghanistan. “But for many Afghan women, it is an act that is extraordinary. It is an act of resistance.”

She said that the many Afghan women she has visited have told her that they will not give it up, and she asked other countries to support civil society and strengthen women’s rights organizations in Afghanistan.

Davidian remarked that the long history of Afghan women’s rights activists gives her optimism that things will change for the better. She also thinks they may advance in the struggle for their rights with help from abroad.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).