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Strengthening the protection of human rights in Helmand through scholars, religious clerics, and the government

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The head of the human right commission in Helmand province, Afifa Maroof, said in an exclusive interview with Sada-e-Azadi on Sunday that their employees have always done their best to address the problems of women and men in Helmand province.

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Ms. Maroof shared: “I was appointed three months ago and since then I have had several consultative meetings with religious clerics, civil activists, local elders and the media to discuss ways to prevent human right violations. So far, the meetings have been effective.”

Ms. Maroof explained that her organization tries to make sure their information is shared through the media and scholars so that the people of Helmand, including those living in remote areas, can get information they need and refer back to her office.

She added that so far, the scholars have played a very good role because they have informed the people for respecting the human rights, particularly the women and children’s right.

“Religious clerics also pass our messages across the province to respect human right and people respect them so we are happy to use these scholars to spread awareness,” she shared.

Women face challenges across Helmand province but Ms. Maroof said they are doing their best for restoration. She said the good news is that women and girls are thirsty of education, and some have access to education facilities and want to be educated, which is good.

She also said that there are still some challenges for the children in the area, but, she said:

“We are determined to solve them by local elders and scholars. Many people refer to our office for solving their problems and we tirelessly work on them.”