U.N. Negotiating With Taliban to Return Staff to Afghanistan
The United Nations is currently negotiating with the Taliban in an effort to reinstate U.N. staff in Afghanistan.
The U.N. and many private aid agencies left Afghanistan several weeks ago due to security concerns. The U.N. is requesting that the Taliban provide several guarantees of their staff's safety and hopes to move staff there by mid-October.
U.N. Coordinator for Afghanistan, Alfredo Witschi-Cestari, said that the United Nations humanitarian programs are currently being carried out by Afghan nationals. He said the issue of women is one of the central issues that prevents the return of U.N. Staff. The Taliban has denied U.N. staff the opportunity to aid women, causing "fearful consequences" for their health.
Media Resources: Voice of America - September 8, 1998
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .