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Amidst the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, UN Chief Antonio Guterres has emphasized the vital role of gender equality in creating a world free from hunger. Khaama Press reports that Guterres took a subtle jab at the current regime, stating that access to education is crucial for women and girls, as it enhances food security not only for themselves but also for their families and communities.

In a tweet, the UN Secretary-General highlighted the universal importance of gender equality as a fundamental requirement to eradicate hunger globally. While not specifically mentioning Afghanistan, the country’s current state illustrates the challenges faced by women under Taliban rule, where they are denied their basic rights.

Guterres asserted, “When women and girls have access to resources and education, they play a decisive role in ensuring food security.” Khaama Press further reported that Afghan women are not only excluded from social interaction and public life but also face a significant decline in income generation compared to previous years.

According to the World Food Programme, Afghanistan is among the nations grappling with severe food insecurity, with nine million people suffering from economic hardships and hunger. Since the Taliban’s resurgence in August 2021, they have imposed restrictions on women and girls, depriving them of opportunities in public life, employment, and education.

Re-reported from the story originally published in LokmatTimes English

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