All female U.S. senators call on Biden to protect Afghan women and girls following U.S. military withdrawal

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  • All 24 female US senators sent a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden, calling for them to protect the rights of Afghan women and girls in the wake of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
  • Senators Diane Feinstein and Sen. John Ernst are leading a group of senators calling for a plan to protect the rights of Afghan women and girls.
  • In their letter, the senators noted that US disengagement from Afghanistan threatens some “hard gains” for the participation of Afghan women and girls in public life.

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All 24 female US senators sent a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday, calling for them to protect the rights of Afghan women and girls in the wake of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

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Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, led a group of senators to develop an “interagency plan” for the Biden administration that preserves political, social, economic, and basic security. Human rights of Afghan women and girls.

Such a plan should also address how the US would work with international organizations such as the United Nations to hold the Taliban accountable, the senators said in the letter.

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“You are committed to pressuring the Taliban to uphold the rights of women and girls, and you have stated that the United States will maintain an enduring partnership with the people of Afghanistan who oppose the Taliban regime,” the senators said in the letter. “

“We will advise, support and enable those efforts through legislation and engagement with your administration,” he said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter.

The US ended its last evacuation flights from Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 30, ending a 20-year conflict in the war-torn nation. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops despite the Taliban’s swift capture of Afghanistan earlier that month, which left Afghan civilians living in fear for their lives under the group’s rule.

In their letter, the senators noted that US disengagement from Afghanistan threatens some “hard gains” for the participation of Afghan women and girls in public life. For example, last year, an estimated 3.5 million girls were in school, including 100,000 women who attended public and private universities.

The senators said in the letter that women also began to flourish in business and the government sector last year. The Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry reported that more than 1,000 women entrepreneurs have emerged, and women have been elected to senior government positions.

However, without a “legitimate” Afghan government and military forces to protect them, women and girls now face the threat of the Taliban regime, which has historically been cruel, isolated and deprived of their rights. given, the senators said in the letter.

The senators said the Taliban leaders were not fulfilling their promises to ensure women’s safety under the new government.

Following the transfer of the country’s power to the group in August, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahidi swore off Women’s rights should not be violated. Mujahid said the group is committed to maintaining its rights within the framework of Sharia law and will allow women to study and work, according to NBC News.

But women are often subjected to targeted killings, beatings and are forbidden to leave home without a male guardian, the senators said. For example, photos that surfaced in August are showing Women and children covered in blood He was beaten up by Taliban fighters who broke out at a protest.

“Afghan women and girls need our action now,” the senators said in the letter, adding that they request a briefing from the Biden administration on its interagency plan.

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