(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 10 – Nove Onlus, one of the few Italian NGOs that continues to have a presence in Afghanistan by the Taliban, is strengthening its activities for women in Kabul. It is the response of the association, which has never stopped working to face the humanitarian crisis and contribute to the fight for human rights, to the new rules for which women only have their eyes as a glimpse of the world: no activity in contact with the public, body and face buried in a hijab, banned from secondary school and banned from driving unless accompanied by a mahram, a male guardian. New obstacles for millions of women left widows and without adult male family members to access health care and supplies, escape situations of domestic violence, look for work, survive.
“We respond to the new restrictions by intensifying projects in support of women – says Susanna Fioretti, president of Nove Onlus – we have started a project run by women, which will offer professional training and mentorship to 150 women in Kabul and we have enhanced female literacy courses. Thanks to the support of the Otb Foundation, 8×1000 Waldensian Church and the Trust nel Nome della Donna, Nove is also continuing its emergency activities. After distributing basic necessities to over 3 thousand people in Kabul, it is activating the second distribution for female breadwinners and their children (over 1,000 people) in the province of Kapisa where it also supports the public orphanage “. In partnership with the NGO Afga, Nove provides health services, including sexual and reproductive health services to 1,300 people per month.
Fioretti met with representatives of the minister of labor and social affairs yesterday to finalize the agreement which provides for courses in English, computers and tailoring for women in Kabul, in a government center. In the coming days, Nove’s team will meet the authorities responsible for women’s mobility to discuss the possibility of resuming the Pink Shuttle service. An in-depth meeting is also planned with the Afghan activist Mahbouba Seraj, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center, to evaluate new support interventions for women in a state of extreme vulnerability.
“The practice of early marriages is on the worrying increase, and also exposes very young girls to the risk of being sold in exchange for money in order to feed the rest of the family – concludes the president of Nove – for this reason we have also expanded the Dignity project, which guarantees direct support to children and families in serious need “.