Mazar-e-Sharif, 25 May 2022 (TDI): United Nations Special Envoy to Afghanistan Deborah Lyon met with Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s former President, on Tuesday.


Lyon and Karzai discussed women’s and girls’ rights, media freedom, and the significance of an open political dialogue process among Afghans for true peace and stability.

Meeting with the women Taliban leaders: 

Previously on Monday, the UN Envoy also met with different Women in Leadership in Mazar-e-Sharif. She discussed with them issues related to women’s rights and the role of women in the country’s development.


She paid visits to girls’ schools and talked with representatives of women about the leadership role of women in the country.

Lyon also stated the importance of the inclusion of women in governance-related matters. She said this is the way forward for better government functioning.

She expressed her deep manifestation about education in Afghanistan, especially the education of women to uplift the future of Afghanistan.

The Special Envoy during her visit to women leaders in Mazar-e-Sharif encouraged the diversity in the form of inclusion of women into government.

She also highlighted the importance of Dialogue in the government’s better and more efficient working. The need for Dialogue is necessary for those circumstances. She added, when all stakeholders are on board one ship, there is a higher chance of stability and development.

Domestic legitimacy and the support of International actors paved the way for an underdeveloped country. Deborah Lyon stated that domestic legitimacy provides freedom and rule of law.

The crises in Afghanistan 

Since the US troops withdrew from Afghanistan and the formation of the Taliban’s Afghan
government, the country faces a serious crisis in almost every dimension. Most of the
concerned dimensions are the violation of human rights, especially women’s rights.

Since the Taliban Government took over, very few international leaders and officials visited Afghanistan, and many boycotted the country.

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