U.N. Establishes "Gender Coordinating Unit" for Afghanistan
The U.N. has established a Gender Coordinating Unit for Afghanistan which will establish gender policy for the area together with other agencies. A human rights adviser has also been appointed, and a gender advisor will begin work there next month.
Diplomats fear that the Taliban will enter into a confrontation with the U.N. if the issue of women's rights is not approached very cautiously. The Taliban has henceforth been extremely hostile to outside efforts to restore women's rights to education, health care and basic mobility.
"The idea is to help Afghan women without annoying the Taliban. A confrontation with the militia will further hurt the women," stated a U.N. official.
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