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'No compromise in protecting the rights of Afghan women'

International Desk
Afghan women
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani women's education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was attacked by the Taliban in 2012, has called on world leaders not to compromise on the protection of women's rights in Afghanistan.

Malala Yousafzai made the call after taking part in a panel discussion on Afghan girls' education on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, Reuters reported on Sunday.

On the issue of steps taken by various countries and organizations around the world to work with the Afghan Taliban, Malala said she was concerned that they could still do what the Taliban did 20 years ago when they were in power.

However, since that time, women's employment and educational opportunities in the country have greatly increased.

"We cannot compromise on women's rights and human dignity," she said.

Leaders from around the world pledged to protect the rights of Afghan women and girls at the UN General Assembly in New York this week. Although it is not yet clear how they will do it.

Concerns over women's rights have risen in Afghanistan since the Taliban returned to power in August, 20 years after the US-led Western military coalition was ousted in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Taliban leaders say they have changed since the 1996-2001 regime. At that time, Afghan women could not go out of the house without a male family member.

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