The Taliban allegedly forbids women from working for NGOs in Afghanistan, making the UN Secretary-General “very worried.”

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The Taliban allegedly forbids women from working

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Sunday, December 25, 2022
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • According to a statement by the UN leader, Secretary-General António Guterres “reiterates the rights of all women to participate in the workforce to contribute to the greater good” and was “very troubled by the reported order of the de facto Taliban authority.

  • “The Taliban told all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Afghanistan to stop hiring women because they were getting “serious complaints” about their dress code.

  • Less than a week ago, the Taliban authorities forbade women from enrolling in institutions.

  • The UN harshly criticized this rule, which is said to have led to protests in several parts of Afghanistan.

  • “To get more information about the reported order, the UN in Afghanistan said it would try to talk to the Taliban leadership.

According to a statement by the UN leader, Secretary-General António Guterres “reiterates the rights of all women to participate in the workforce to contribute to the greater good.” and was “very troubled by the reported order of the de facto Taliban authority.”

The Taliban told all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Afghanistan to stop hiring women because they were getting “serious complaints” about their dress code.

Less than a week ago, the Taliban authorities forbade women from enrolling in institutions. The UN harshly criticized this rule, which is said to have led to protests in several parts of Afghanistan.

The UN spokesman said in a statement on Saturday that the UN and its partners, which include local and international NGOs, are helping more than 28 million Afghans who need humanitarian help.

“For humanitarian aid to work well, all aid workers, including women, must have full, safe, and unrestricted access.”

The statement said that the rumored ban on women working with the international community to save lives and livelihoods in Afghanistan would cause the Afghan people even more pain than could be described.

A UN mission to Afghanistan to obtain an explanation

In a separate statement, the UN humanitarian coordination office in Afghanistan criticized the most recent restrictions on women’s participation. It also said that any such order “would violate the most basic rights of women and be a clear breach of humanitarian principles.”

To get more information about the reported order, the UN in Afghanistan said it would try to talk to the Taliban leadership.

“Women should be able to participate in all parts of life, including helping other people.” Their involvement needs to be valued and protected. According to the statement, “This most recent decision will only further harm those most vulnerable, particularly women and girls.”

The UN in Afghanistan and its partners also told the country’s “de facto rulers” that taking away women’s freedom to choose their fates and systematically excluding them from all parts of public and political life moves the country backwards and hurts efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

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