Steve McCabe MP meets constituents to discuss Amnesty International campaign to protect Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Steve McCabe is backing Amnesty International’s campaign to safeguard women’s rights in Afghanistan to ensure that women’s hard won rights do not regress under conservative forces.

After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, women in Afghanistan have been able to gradually claim their basic human rights - including accessing work, education, and voting in local and national elections. However, since the re-emergence of insurgency in 2005 by armed groups, including the Taliban, the basic human rights of women and girls are under attack once again.

Constituent members of Amnesty’s Bournville branch contacted Steve expressing concern over the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force in 2014, which coincides with the presidential election. As part of the campaign, Amnesty is calling for the international community to ensure that women’s rights will be protected and to apply pressure on political leaders in Afghanistan to adhere to international commitments that protect girls and women.

Steve McCabe MP said:

 “I have asked the Foreign Secretary what steps he has taken to ensure that women’s rights will be preserved and that young girls’ access to education will not deteriorate once British and the International Security Assistance Forces leave Afghanistan.

“ This is a really important issue and Britain and the International Community needs to be resolute in their commitment to protecting human rights, particularly women’s rights after troops leave Afghanistan.”

For more information about Amnesty International’s campaign, please visit: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=12150

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