The acting Afghan authorities told a top UN official that they plan to draw new rules to let women in Afghanistan work in a few humanitarian operations.
While talking to the BBC, Martin Griffiths said that the Taliban officials he spoke with in Kabul had given him “encouraging comments” even though the government has not yet lifted the restrictions on Afghan women working for NGOs.
Concerns have been raised that the prohibition may jeopardize important life-saving humanitarian activities in the country because Afghan women are essential in delivering aid.
“It is important to keep in mind that this year, Afghanistan is the largest humanitarian relief project in the world ever”, said Griffiths in Kabul.
He held several meetings with the senior leader of the de facto government in Kabul. He expressed concern about the recent ban imposed on women in Afghanistan for working with NGOs. He also highlighted that women are essential to any humanitarian operations worldwide and are the most vulnerable groups in society.
Furthermore, Afghanistan is facing a severe humanitarian crisis amid a freezing winter in the country. Out of the country’s total population, around 6 million are on the verge of famine.