In a press conference on Monday, the Afghanistan Women Protester Movement coalition asked the UN to pressure the de facto government to respect women’s rights.
The Press conference by the Women Protester Movement Coalition held in Kabul responded to the Taliban’s recent ban on women’s aid workers in United Nations agencies.
The Women’s Movement Coalition protested the UN’s inability to defend women’s rights in the face of Taliban’s restrictions and asked the organization to suspend its operations in Afghanistan until women are allowed to work.
“Stop political engagement and suspend UNAMA operations in Afghanistan. If you can’t defend the rights of your staff, you cannot be effective,” the statement said.
Furthermore, the statement also asked the UN and international community to take unified and robust action against the de facto government to hold them accountable concerning women’s rights.
“Abandon unconditional engagement with the Taliban and use all means and leverage to hold them accountable for their human rights violations, the statement read.
The protest came after the de facto government banned Afghan female aid workers in Nangarhar province.
The ban on women’s aid workers faced massive global condemnation and asked the Taliban to reverse its decision immediately. However, the Taliban authorities have not changed their decisions yet.
On the other hand, the UN asked all its employees to stay home until further notice.