Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of violence against women globally and has further increased due to restrictions, the United Nations said Thursday, after the Taliban takeover in August.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW), the United Nations in Afghanistan called for concrete actions to end violence against women.
Since taking control of Kabul on Aug.15, the Taliban have allegedly imposed severe restrictions on women and girls.
Apart from healthcare workers and a few other isolated exemptions, women cannot return to work or travel in public without a male guardian company.
Since Sep.20, girls above 12 (grade six and above) have not been allowed to go to school, while rigid gender segregation at universities has severely curtailed women in higher education.
In startling figures, the UN Assistance Mission In Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted that globally, 1 in 3 women had experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.
But in Afghanistan, 9 out of 10 women have experienced at least one form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
And the situation has worsened.
A UNAMA statement said the violence against women and girls in Afghanistan had increased further due to restrictions on their rights and freedoms.