Four major global groups, whose humanitarian aid reaches millions of Afghans. Said Sunday they were suspending operations. because they were unable to run their programs without female workers.
The United Nations said on Wednesday that some “time-critical” programs. In Afghanistan had been halted and warned that many other activities would. Also have to be suspended due to restrictions on women aid workers by the Taliban-led administration.
UN aid chief Martin Griffiths, head of the UN agency and several aid groups. Said in a joint statement that “women’s participation in aid delivery is non-negotiable. And must continue,” urging authorities to reverse the decision.
“Banning women from humanitarian work has immediate life-threatening consequences for all Afghans. Already, some time-critical programs have had to be temporarily suspended due to a lack of female workers,” read the statement.
“We cannot ignore the operational constraints we now face as a humanitarian community,” it said. “We will try to continue life-saving, time-critical activities … but we anticipate that many activities will have to be suspended because we cannot provide basic humanitarian assistance without women aid workers.”
The Islamist Taliban-led administration announced a ban on women aid workers. This follows a ban on women attending universities last week. In March, girls were stopped from going to high school.
“No country can afford to exclude half of its population from contributing to society,” said the statement, also signed by the heads of UNICEF, the World Food Programme. The World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program and the heads of top UN bodies. Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights.
Four major global groups, whose humanitarian aid reaches millions of Afghans, said Sunday. They were suspending operations because they were unable to run their programs without female workers.
The UN statement said the ban on women aid workers “comes at a time when more than 28 million people in Afghanistan. Need help to survive as the country struggles with famine conditions, economic decline, poverty and the risk of brutal winters.”
UN agencies and aid groups – including World Vision International. CARE International, Save the Children US, Mercy Corps, and
Interactions – pledge to “remain steadfast in our commitment. To provide independent, ethical, life-saving help to all women, men and children. Given. Who needs it.”
The Taliban seized power in August last year. They originally banned girls’ education when they were in power two decades ago but say their policies have changed. The Taliban-led administration is not recognized internationally.