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Afghan Women Banned from Working, Endangering Life-Saving Aid: UN

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The United Nations expressed “serious concerns” after the Afghan female UN staff were banned from reporting to work in the eastern province of Afghanistan, Nangarhar, on Tuesday. 

The UN said, “The United Nations in Afghanistan expresses serious concern that female national UN staff have been prevented from reporting to work in Nangarhar province.”

The organization warned the de facto authorities that the life-saving aid would be at risk without female staff since most of the International organization’s staff are female.

“We remind de facto authorities that United Nations entities cannot operate and deliver life-saving assistance without female staff,” the UN said on Twitter.

Many international organizations, including the UN, have repeatedly expressed their concerns over excluding women from the aid sector and saying that without female staff, the organizations will be unable to reach needy women.

Since the Taliban retook Afghanistan in August 2021, it has imposed bans on women and girls. Preventing them from education and employment. 

The de facto authorities first banned girls from going to school beyond sixth grade; in December 2022, a decree prohibited Afghan women from higher education and working with national and international NGOs.

The suppressive restrictions on women are confronted with massive criticism by national and international organizations warning that it will disrupt the humanitarian aid to the most needful people of Afghanistan.

According to the World Food Organization, only on March 2023, more than 4 million went without food due to the shortage of funds. The number reached 9 million in April if new funding still needed to be received from Japan’s contribution.

The UN said, “Nearly 20 million Afghans do not know where their next meal will come from. Six million of them are one step away from famine.”

According to the organization, the UN is seeking to raise $4.6 billion to provide emergency aid to more than half of the population of Afghanistan, including women and children. At the same time, the raising funds has been disturbed by the Taliban’s gender discrimination policy.

However, the de facto regime wants active engagement with the international community; At the same time, the increased gender discrimination policy contradicts their willingness.

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