I took part in an event in Parliament which was part of Amnesty International’s campaign calling on the William Hague to ensure that the UK Government puts in place plans to protect Afghan women before international forces leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014.
The event saw a cross-party group of MPs and Peers support the call for protection for frontline women workers in the violence-wracked country. Joined by fellow parliamentarians we held a placard bearing the message “Danger: Women Workers at Risk”.
We all remember how the Taliban closed down schools and forced women back into the home, and it has taken real courage for Afghan women to get back into the workplace – especially those supporting women rights. Women have a key role to play in rebuilding Afghanistan and it’s vital that we stand by them after our troops come home. I have repeatedly raised this issue with Foreign Secretary William Hague in Parliament and will continue to monitor progress on this issue very carefully.
In the last six months of 2013, nine high-profile Afghan women were attacked or murdered, including two female parliamentarians.