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Afghanistan: Females

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Afghanistan to protect women's rights to (a) employment, (b) education, (c) freedom of movement, (d) political participation and (e) political representation.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We continue to work closely with the Afghan Government, Afghan civil society organisations, international partners and organisations to improve the status of women in Afghanistan, so they can play as full a part as possible in a future, peaceful Afghanistan.

We provide support to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Justice's Human Rights Support Unit. Both institutions are vital for the progress of women's rights in Afghanistan. In addition, UK aid is creating opportunities for economic growth and social well-being, for example by supporting women's technical and vocational education and training.

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