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UN says violence against women in Afghanistan still pervasive post-Taliban

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women [official website] Yakin Erturk said Monday [UN press release] that the difficulties faced by Afghani women, from abusive child marriages to public executions ordered by local councils, are still dramatic problems that need to be addressed despite the passing of the strict Taliban regime. To combat these issues, Ertürk and her group are working to promote a campaign that denounces the marriage of girls to adult men as anti-Islamic and urges police and prosecutors not to send girls and women back into an abusive environment without first taking steps to protect their safety. According to Ertürk, the dire situation can be seen most dramatically in the increased frequency of self-immolation among desperate women. UN News has more.

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