UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson – on Afghanistan

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General – on Afghanistan

The Secretary-General is deeply alarmed by news reports that the Taliban have suspended access to universities to women and girls.

The Secretary-General reiterates that the denial of education not only violates the equal rights of women and girls, but will have a devastating impact on the country’s future.

The Secretary-General urges the de facto authorities to ensure equal access to education at all levels for women and girls.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 20 December 2022