The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are committed to the delivery of life-saving services to the people of Afghanistan during these difficult times, a UN envoy for Afghanistan said on Thursday.
In a media briefing, in New York, on Thursday, Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan said, despite the Taliban-run administration’s decision to ban women from working in non-governmental organizations, the UN and its partners will deliver the much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan during these tough times.
“Humanitarian needs of the (Afghan) people are absolutely enormous, and it’s important that we continue to stay and deliver,” Ramiz Alakbarov, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, told a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York.
“We do not believe that it is possible to deliver a comprehensive humanitarian action without the participation of women,” he said.
This comes as Afghanistan’s interim government announced a complete ban on women employees working for private and international non-government organizations effective from December 24. The move prompted massive condemnations on national and international levels, calling on the ruling regime to reverse the decision and allow women to return to work with humanitarian aid agencies.
Furthermore, the de facto authorities had also banned women from attending universities nationwide, accompanied by global condemnations. Amid the dire economic and humanitarian crisis, the recent decisions by the Taliban authorities have further complicated the living conditions for ordinary people. The temporary suspension of the humanitarian aid programs by some NGOs across the country puts the lives of millions of vulnerable people at immediate risk.