London: Gains made on women`s issues in the last 10 years in Afghanistan are under serious threat, two leading British aid agencies have warned.
A report by Oxfam and Action Aid said there had been real progress in girls` education and with better health care, more women in work and a new Constitution that enshrined equal rights for women.
But the charities also warned that these fragile advances were already under threat from worsening security in Afghanistan and a resurgent Taliban, the BBC reports.
An Action Aid survey of 1,000 Afghan women found that 86 percent were worried about a return to a Taliban-style government.
The survey revealed that 72 percent women felt that things had improved for them since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, but 37percent feared the nation would become a worse place following the departure of international troops.
The charity said progress had been made in the past decade, but pointed out that there was still a lot more work to be done to improve women`s lives.
“Women are free to be educated and to work. They serve as government ministers and MPs and work as doctors, teachers, professors, entrepreneurs and lawyers,” the Action Aid report read.
“These are significant achievements. However, huge challenges remain, with many women still denied basic rights,” it said.
“Action Aid believes that including women in the peace, reconciliation and transition processes is the best means of safeguarding and furthering women`s hard-won civil freedoms and human rights,” it added.