February 2, 2023

NGOs suspend their activities in Afghanistan after women are banned from working

The Taliban justify this action on the grounds that they violated the dress code. Organizations point out that without female staff people cannot be reached in a ‘case of need’

EFE/EPA/NEIL HALL – 08/21/2021Women are prevented from working and attending universities in Afghanistan

after Taliban On Sunday, corresponding to the 25th of this month, several non-governmental organizations announced the suspension of women’s entry to universities, while the government prevents them from working Afghanistan🇧🇷 “We are suspending our programs and demanding that men and women be able to continue to provide this life-saving assistance in Afghanistan on an equal footing,” reads the NGOs Save the Children, CARE and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The Taliban justify this action on the grounds that they violated the dress code that defines their fundamentalist view of Islam. “Without the women who have spearheaded our response, we would not have been able to reach the millions of Afghans in need since August 2021,” says the official note sent to the press, adding that it is not possible to “effectively reach children, women and men in desperate need in Afghanistan.” , without female employees.

A decision has been made to halt aid programs in Afghanistan on a temporary basis, while the practical consequences of Saturday’s announcement are expected to be clarified. “In addition to affecting the delivery of life-saving assistance, this will affect thousands of jobs in the midst of a massive economic crisis,” the note from the NGO continues. The NGO Dacaar (Danish Committee for Assistance to Afghan Refugees) announced Sunday that it will keep the doors closed today and tomorrow, out of solidarity with the women of Afghanistan and to assess the “seriousness” of the Taliban’s intentions. An internal source told the Danish news agency “Ritzau” that the organization, which employs about 500 Afghan women – a third of the workers in the country – will decide within the next 24 hours the future of the activity in Afghanistan. When they regain power in Afghanistan in 2021, the Taliban promised there would be greater flexibility for women, however, a year later, He resumed the strict interpretation of Islam, which was the government’s first pass, between 1996 and 2001.

*With information from EFE and AFP