France evacuates five Afghan women ‘threatened by Taliban’

Women and girls have been banned from attending high school and university as well as barred from visiting parks, fairs and gymnasiums. Image for representation purpose only. File

Ladies and ladies have been banned from attending highschool and college in addition to barred from visiting parks, gala’s and gymnasiums. Picture for illustration function solely. File
| Photograph Credit score: Reuters

France on Monday was because of obtain 5 Afghan girls “threatened by the Taliban” after repeated requests it create a humanitarian hall for ladies shut out of public life, an official mentioned.

Since returning to energy in August 2021, Taliban authorities have imposed a strict interpretation of Islam, with girls bearing the brunt of legal guidelines the United Nations has labelled “gender apartheid”.

Ladies and ladies have been banned from attending highschool and college in addition to barred from visiting parks, gala’s and gymnasiums.

They’ve additionally principally been blocked from working for U.N. businesses or NGOs, with hundreds sacked from authorities jobs or paid to remain at dwelling.

French immigration authority chief Didier Leschi informed AFP that by presidential order, “particular consideration is being paid to girls who’re primarily threatened by the Taliban as a result of they’ve held necessary positions in Afghan society… or have shut contacts with Westerners.

“That is the case for 5 girls who will arrive right now,” Mr. Leschi mentioned.

The ladies embody a former college director, an ex-NGO guide, a former tv presenter, and a trainer at a secret faculty in Kabul.

One of many girls was accompanied by three youngsters.

The ladies had been unable to go away Afghanistan on airlifts to Western international locations when the Taliban returned to energy in 2021.

They fled to neighbouring Pakistan the place they sought non permanent refuge. From there, the French authorities organised their evacuation, Mr. Leschi mentioned.

As soon as they arrive in France, they are going to be registered as asylum seekers and given housing whereas their functions for refugee standing are thought of, Mr. Leschi mentioned.

Mr. Leschi mentioned that such evacuations had been “more likely to be repeated” for different Afghan girls with the same profile.

Nevertheless, Delphine Rouilleault, the top of the France Terre D’Asile NGO working for refugees, mentioned the evacuations had been “not the fruit of a political choice” however gained “after a tough struggle” to acquire visas for them.

The ladies will likely be initially housed in a centre run by her organisation, which has been rallying for months for the evacuation of extra Afghan girls dealing with the same state of affairs.

Ms. Rouilleault mentioned “lots of” of Afghan girls had been “hiding” in Pakistan.

In the course of 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron had pledged that France would “be by the facet of Afghans”. French authorities say almost 16,000 individuals have been evacuated from Afghanistan since then.

An NGO working for Afghan refugees and asylum seekers, Accueillir les Afghanes, in April deplored that Afghan girls, particularly those that had been single, had been largely deserted and requested Paris to place in place an “emergency” programme to take them in.