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Afghanistan: Females

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL583, tabled on 17 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the government of Afghanistan about improving conditions there for women and girls among the internally displaced population; and what assessment they have made of the work of the United Nations Population Fund on Women and Girls Safe Spaces in the Middle East in this context.

Answered on

1 July 2015

UK Government officials recently discussed the level of support provided to internally displaced women and girls with Afghanistan's First Lady. Along with other international donors, we will continue raising this issue with representatives of the Afghan Government.

DFID is funding five safe spaces inside Syria, and has supported the publication of a United Nations Population Fund guidance note on safe spaces based on experience in the region. The guidance has been widely disseminated in the region and has influenced the United Nations Population Fund’s work in Yemen. Together with the use of mobile teams and women’s centres, safe spaces are an important way for women and girls to access psychosocial support and referral to specialised services.