The UN deputy chief, Amina Mohammed urged on 21 July for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard.

She spoke on the peace process after leading an all-women delegation of top UN officials for an intensive two-day “solidarity mission” focussed on women, peace and securit. During the mission, Mohammed had face-to-face conversations with Afghan women, and said that she had been struck by talking to women who had lived with the “oppressive legacy of the Taliban’s rule – which banned them from attending school, work or even speaking publicly or leaving the house without a man.”

In the province of Bamyan, outside Kabul, UNFPA is running support programmes and services for women of reproductive age and families, as well as tackling gender based violence.