First of all, the international community should take immediate action to protect Afghan women. An alternative to imposing economic sanctions and freezing accounts, would be for the international players to force the Taliban to protect women’s rights by negotiating aid and grants-deals based on women’s rights. Hence, the UN, IMF, and World Bank should overtly commit to gender equality in Afghanistan. Similarly, the Taliban government should be made to form gender-inclusive policies in the economic, political, and social spheres. And it should adhere to prioritizing women’s rights. Moreover, international NGOs and women activists should be sent to Afghanistan and the existing women NGOs and women shelter homes should be supported via a skilled labor force. Besides, economic opportunities for Afghan women can be provided by recruiting them in every institute including the military, and police force. Girls’ education should be supported and advocated at the UN forum. On the other hand, the militant groups, civil unrest, and violent insurgents should be nipped in the bud. For this, Afghanistan should turn to its neighboring state; such as Pakistan. In addition to this, the women leader of each household should be given proper food and safe water. The UN should send women advisors to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan for advocating women’s rights.
Rather than isolating Afghanistan, international key players should play a positive role and include the Taliban government in world politics. Similarly, small and large-scale policies should be gender-sensitive and must involve women’s participation. The aids agencies should collaborate and coordinate with women at the community level. As Afghanistan is a decentralized country, the focus should be on empowering local politics via women’s participation. Establishing local government through women leaders can be an effective step towards women’s empowerment. On the other hand, girls’ education should be prioritized through NGOs. The teachers should be provided training. Adult education should also be supported as many Afghan women are uneducated. Basic healthcare units should be built in each district. Health and economic opportunities can be provided by recruiting local women as helpers in medical and educational fields. Steps must be taken to prevent Afghan law from discrimination against women. However, to solve the cultural and Sharia problem, all the stakeholders in Afghanistan should come forward and the Sunni Ulemas from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can issue fatwas for girls’ education and women’s rights. The negotiations among tribe leaders and the religious Ulemas should be conducted for women’s participation in politics, and the economic and social spheres. TURN PAGE >>