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The oppression of women and girls in Afghanistan: My plenary speech

When they took power over Afghanistan eight months ago, the Taliban declared that they would respect media freedom and the rights of women and girls. But while many Taliban leaders send their daughters to international schools, girls in Afghanistan are still forbidden to attend school. At the same time, many women's rights activists are in hiding and families remain torn apart.

And still there is no progress in evacuating those who are in danger. If the EU can raise 1 million euros in one week to deliver weapons to Ukraine (something which I support!), then we should also be able to help the women and girls of Afghanistan.

We must finally face up to our responsibility and:

  • coordinate and speed up the evacuation of those at high risk
  • put in place a fund to support those who decide to stay

More on this in my plenary speech:

 

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