Biden Says US Stands with Women in Afghanistan, Iran

US President Joe Biden said that Washington stands with women in Iran and Afghanistan “who are facing down violence.”

Biden made the remarks in a White House speech for Women’s History Month.

“We stand with women in Iran and Afghanistan who are facing down violence …  The budget I laid out two weeks ago, includes more than 3 billion dollars, a record amount, to advance general quality globally not just at home,” he said. 

This comes as the deputy Foreign Minister of US,  Wendy R. Sherman also called on Kabul to allow women and girls their basic rights. 

“We again call on the Taliban to allow women and girls to exercise their basic human rights and fundamental freedom to deliver on their commitment to the Afghan people and to the international community,” she said. 

But the Islamic Emirate said that women’s rights is an internal issue of Afghanistan and that foreign countries should not interfere.

“They should understand their responsibilities regarding Afghanistan. They impose their sanctions on the people of Afghanistan, on these women. They have frozen the money and don’t allow improvement,” said Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. 

“The officials of the government, including the Ministry of Economy, is trying to facilitate job opportunities for the young generation and reduce the rate of unemployment,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy Minister of Economy.  

Meanwhile, Malaysian media reported that the country’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is on a visit to Saudi Arabia, told reporters in Jeddah that regarding the issue of female education in Afghanistan, Malaysia stood firm on the issue of women’s education and is of the opinion that the right of the group to education cannot be denied. 

“The problem now is their attitude towards women’s education, whether they want to build a university specifically for women or a special women’s school. It’s their choice, but they cannot deny women’s right to education,” Ibrahim said as quoted by the Star news outlet.

This comes as some women’s rights activists called on the interim government to reopen schools and universities for the females. 

“The voice of the Afghan women has not been heard yet,” said Diva Patang, a women’s rights activist. 

Earlier, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said if the current government of Afghanistan does not stop violating human rights and depriving girls of access to education, it will not be possible to normalize relations with them.

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