US News

UN condemns Taliban bans on women, threatens to suspend critical aid

The United Nations condemned the decision by the Taliban this week to bar women from working with humanitarian aid groups or attending university and threatened to suspend critical aid programs.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Thursday demanded the ban be reversed l a called it a “grave denial of their humanity.”

“It will only result in further suffering and hardship for all Afghans, especially women and children,” he said. “This ban must be lifted.”

The UN refugee agency warned that some 500 female staff members work with 19 NGO partners in Afghanistan and serve nearly 1 million women and girls across the nation. 

PRESIDENT BIDEN ASKED TO INTERVENE BY VETERANS IN ASYLUM CASE OF AFGHAN SOLDIER DETAINED AFTER BORDER CROSSING

TOPSHOT - An Afghan burqa-clad woman walks through a street in Kandahar on December 25, 2022. 

TOPSHOT – An Afghan burqa-clad woman walks through a street in Kandahar on December 25, 2022. 
(Photo by NAVEED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images)

“The most recent restrictions will force the UN Refugee Agency to temporarily stop critical activities in support of Afghan people, especially women and children,” the agency warned. 

The warning echoes similar notices issued by other UN agencies this week, including a joint statement issued Wednesday by UN aid chief Martin Griffiths and 18 other humanitarian groups, which said, “we cannot ignore the operational constraints now facing us as a humanitarian community.”

“Banning women from humanitarian work has immediate life-threatening consequences for all Afghans. Already, some time-critical programs have had to stop temporarily due to lack of female staff,” the statement read. “We foresee that many activities will need to be paused as we cannot deliver principled humanitarian assistance without female aid workers.”

Afghan people stand in queues to receive food aid from a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Kabul on December 25, 2022. - Several foreign aid groups announced on December 25 they were suspending their operations in Afghanistan after the country's Taliban rulers ordered all NGOs to stop women staff from working. 

Afghan people stand in queues to receive food aid from a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Kabul on December 25, 2022. – Several foreign aid groups announced on December 25 they were suspending their operations in Afghanistan after the country’s Taliban rulers ordered all NGOs to stop women staff from working. 
(Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

TALIBAN MINISTER DOUBLES DOWN ON BANNING WOMEN FROM UNIVERSITIES FOR VIOLATING ‘ISLAM AND AFGHAN HONOR’

The UN Security Council on Tuesday also condemned the numerous bans on women in Afghanistan – including their inability to attend high school or university – after the Taliban announced its latest restrictions Saturday. 

“These restrictions contradict the commitments made by the Taliban to the Afghan people as well as the expectations of the international community,” the security council said. 

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, pointed out that not only does this directly affect the 28 million in need in Afghanistan but will exacerbate the already dire economic situation across the country. 

TOPSHOT - Afghan burqa-clad women walk through a street in Kabul on December 28, 2022. 

TOPSHOT – Afghan burqa-clad women walk through a street in Kabul on December 28, 2022. 
(Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 

“No country can develop – indeed survive – socially and economically with half its population excluded,” he said. “Banning women from working in NGOS will deprive them and their families of their incomes, and of their right to contribute positively to the development of their country and to the well-being of their fellow citizens.”

Western officials have repeatedly warned that these increasingly restrictive measures not only violate human rights for women and girls but will likely lead to an increase in gender-based and sexual violence. 

Source link

Denial of responsibility! Today Breeze.in is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – admin@todaybreeze.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button