- Title: Women in Latin American demonstrate in solidarity with Afghanistan
- Date: 23rd August 2021
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AUGUST 23, 2021) (REUTERS) DEMONSTRATORS PROTESTING OUTSIDE ARGENTINE CHANCELLERY SIGN READING (Spanish): "Chancellery" PROTESTERS HOLDING AFGHAN FLAG AND SIGNS OUTSIDE ARGENTINE CHANCELLERY SIGN READING (Spanish): "Freedom for the people of Afghanistan" SIGN READING (Spanish): "Afghanistan: no Yankees nor the Taliban" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS CLOSE UP DEMONSTRATOR AFGHAN FLAG 9 (SOUNDBITE (Spanish) PROTESTER, CELESTE FIERRO, SAYING: "We are in front of the Argentine chancellery demanding them to not recognize the Taliban government and to cut any relations." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING AFGHAN FLAG (SOUNDBITE (Spanish) PROTESTER, CELESTE FIERRO, SAYING: "We know what the Taliban in power represents. We also know the strength of Afghan people, with women in the streets denouncing the reactionary, obscurantist policies that they (Taliban) carry out." DEMONSTRATORS PLAYING DRUMS MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (AUGUST 23, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MEXICAN WOMEN PROTESTING OUTSIDE MEXICAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS HOLDING AFGHAN FLAG AND SIGNS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN LAWMAKER, ALESSANDRA ROJO DE LA VEGA, SAYING: " The Afghan woman living here decided to remain anonymous to protect her family and wrote a letter to the chancellor. We are going to deliver it. This protest today is to find a solution for these women. We demand the government to tell us how they will open their doors for refugees in Afghanistan, mainly women and girls." VARIOUS OF WOMEN PROTESTING
- Embargoed: 6th September 2021 22:43
- Keywords: Afghanistan Argentina Mexico migrants protests women
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: South America / Central America,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERI5HZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of Latin American women staged protests and vigil in Argentina and Mexico on Monday (August 23) to support Afghan women and children following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
In Buenos Aires, demonstrators protested outside the Argentine chancellery holding Afghan flags and demanding Alberto Fernandez's administration not to recognize the Taliban government.
Meanwhile, a dozen of women gathered outside Mexico's Foreign Affairs Ministry in Mexico City to show their rejection of the Taliban's treatment of women and girls.
Former congresswoman Alessandra Rojo de la Vega said she would give Mexican chancellor Marcelo Ebrard a letter from an Afghan woman living in Mexico, The anonymous afghan woman is asking the Mexican government to bring her family as refugees.
Mexican women also called the government to speed up refugee applications for Afghan citizens.
Taliban leaders have made reassurances in the build-up to and aftermath of their conquest of Afghanistan that girls and women would have the right to work and education, although they have come with caveats.
Some women have already been ordered from their jobs during the chaos of Taliban advances across the country in recent days. Others are fearful that, whatever the militants say, the reality will be different.
More than 18,000 people have been evacuated in recent days from Kabul airport, where thousands of desperate Afghans clutching papers, children, and some belongings are trying to flee the country following the rapid Taliban takeover as the U.S. and other foreign troops withdrew.
(Production: Miguel Lo Bianco, Claudia Martini, Carlos Carrillo, Nina Lopez, Liamar Ramos)
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