The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Head, Roza Otunbayeva, met with a number of women’s leaders and women rights activists in Kabul, the Afghan capital.
According to a thread of tweets posted on Wednesday, October 19, Roza Otunbayeva, also the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Afghanistan, discussed the restrictions imposed on women by Taliban rule.
The socio-economic “hardships” of Afghan women after the imposition of restrictions on the education of girls and the work of women were the center of discussion between the UN official and the Afghan women leaders.
The UNAMA Head, who has been recently appointed, also met top Taliban officials earlier this week. Otunbayeva initially met with the Taliban Minister of Foreign Affairs where she discussed “trust-building” and the removal of the education ban on Afghan girls.
She also visited the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi, and the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, separately.
Otunbayeva discussed the role of women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, governance, establishing an inclusive government, the need to lift the ban on girls for their education, and media rights with the Taliban officials.
Roza Otunbayeva, a former president of Kyrgyzstan, was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as his new Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the UNAMA in early September.