Geneva (EFE) to preserve what has been achieved.
“It is necessary to reverse this trend, otherwise gender equality will not be achieved in the next 300 years,” they warned.
The United Nations experts blamed this situation on “restrictive policies that strip women of their autonomy, mobility, education and freedom of expression.”
They also regretted the revocation of some laws that were created to deal with discrimination and violence against women.
“We call for the creation of a safe and conducive environment for feminist movements and civil society to combat these trends contrary to their rights,” they said.
In the same way, the experts were dismayed by the violent repression of female protesters around the world and by the criminalization of women’s behavior.
In the framework of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the signatories called on the international community to isolate in global forums any position that supports patriarchal norms, whether cultural, religious or political.
Additionally, the experts recalled that violence against women is also exercised in the digital sphere, and asked that sexist acts on the Internet be addressed as “one of the most brutal manifestations of gender discrimination and patriarchal oppression.”
This statement is signed by experts from the Platform of Independent Mechanisms on Discrimination and Violence against Women, and from other global and regional committees and commissions of the United Nations.
Taliban ‘Have Erased’ 20 Years of Afghan Women’s Progress
Especially critical is the situation in Afghanistan. The Taliban “have erased” two decades of progress on women’s rights since they returned to power in 2021, according to UN human rights experts.
“Women in Afghanistan are denied their fundamental rights and freedoms, including the rights to education, work, the enjoyment of their physical and mental health, and freedom of movement,” they have denounced.
More specifically, United Nations experts have recalled that Afghan girls cannot receive secondary education and that the country’s women cannot go to university.
In addition, for four months, girls have been prohibited from entering amusement parks, public baths, gyms and other sports facilities.
“Women across the country report feeling invisible, isolated, suffocated and living in prison-like conditions,” the experts have noted.