Afghanistan Now: Prioritizing GBV to Leave no Woman or Girl Behind

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In the first and second quarter of 2021, Afghanistan has experienced a spike in insecurity with significant gender dimensions. Attacks on health facilities have targeted female workers; in May there was an attack on a girls’ school, and in the first quarter UNAMA Protection of Civilians report identified a “worrying trend” of targeted killings of civilian women. The uncertainty around the peace agreement; the intensified fighting and escalation of conflict following the decision on withdrawal of international forces in September; heightened food insecurity; natural disasters and the additional threat of COVID-19 have heightened the GBV risks and need for humanitarian assistance.