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Female Senators Concerned About Future Of Women & Girls In Afghanistan

Saturday, November 27th, 2021 -- 9:15 AM

(Gray News) -In a bipartisan effort, all 24 female senators of the United States Congress are asking President Joe Biden in a letter to protect the rights of Afghan women and girls.

The letter comes in the wake of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Since August, activists say young girls have been sold or married off to older men so their families can buy food. “Girls are considered to be a source of income for the most uneducated, poor families across the provinces,” said Yalda Afif, a program manager at HIAS. Afif, a native of Afghanistan, works for the nonpartisan refugee protection organization in its New York office.

She said that in recent months, Afghanistan under the Taliban’s rule has back-peddled on its treatment of women and girls, dismantling the progress that has been made in the past two decades. “They deny women and girls an education beyond sixth grade,” said Afif.

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