Countries, including the United States, have pledged continued funding for services for Afghan women, but in addition to aid they need political support. International support for the Afghan government and its security must depend on continued progress for Afghan women. Anything less would be a betrayal.
With the withdrawal of international forces drawing nearer, there is much concern that Afghan women’s progress will be the first area of regression. The Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) act has already had a repeal request. In addition, report of violence against women have gone up 28% while prosecution of aggressors has only increased 2%. It is as crucial a time as ever for international organizations to support Afghan women and their rights. Read more at NY Times.