msn.com 18 Sep, 2020 09:15 am

US Embassy in Kabul warns of militant attacks against women

Militant groups are planning attacks against a variety of targets, but are taking particular aim at women, says embassy

The 2018 Women, Peace and Security Index rated Afghanistan as the second worst place in the world to be a woman, after Syria.Only 16% of the labor force are women, one of the lowest rates in the world, and half of Afghanistan's women have had four years or less of education, according to the report, which was compiled by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.One of the government-appointed peace negotiators, Fawzia Koofi, a strong, outspoken proponent of women's rights, was shot last month in Afghanistan, but escaped serious injury and attended the opening of negotiations last weekend.The United Nations as well as Afghanistan's many international allies have stressed the need for any peace deal to protect the rights of women and minorities.

Only around half of school-aged girls go to school, and only 19% of girls under 15 are literate, according to the UN children's agency.Khaleej Times US Embassy in Kabul warns of militant attacks against women p The US Embassy in Afghanistan warned that militant groups are planning attacks against a "variety of targets" but are taking particular aim at women.

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