Afghanistan: Women and Girls

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons on 22nd September 2021.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

I agree with the Minister on that. It has been a depressing week in Afghanistan, with primary school students returning to gender-segregated classes, older girls excluded altogether, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs closed down and female employees told not to return to work. How, specifically, can we use our leverage, particularly our financial and economic leverage, to hold the Taliban to account for their promises?