The United Nations has paused several Afghan Programs after the Taliban’s ban on female workers in NGOs. On Wednesday, The UN announced that a halt would be executed thoroughly of some critical humanitarian activities in Afghanistan.
Women’s Situation in Afghanistan: A Curse Or A Trap
Since 2021, the recapture of Afghanistan by the Taliban has created immense, threatening impacts on the women sect of the nation. The removal of the US military from the land of Afghanistan has been a year. Since then, multiple forms of gender-based violence and numerous terms and conditions have been implemented forcefully in the name of “Taliban’s Decision.” Recently, the Taliban government banned women’s education in universities and high schools. Women are restricted from working as government employees and even as NGO workers.
As a result, several foreign aids have announced their disengagedness over Afgan programs. The security Council and The Global agency are critically against the ban. According to Volk Turk and the authorities, the ungraspable conditions put on women and girls will not only expand the dilemma of the women community of Afghanistan but may also spread regionally beyond the Afghan borders.
UN’s Urge To Reverse The Ban
UN aid Chief Martin Griffiths said women’s participation in aid delivery is essential and important; one can not neglect it roughly. Forbidding women from humanitarian activities has direct life-threatening outcomes and consequences for the entire nation. So, the UN has to pause some critical humanitarian activities due to the lack of women’s participation, he added.
This is a calling to reverse the decision of the Taliban. The UN can not ignore the crisis in humanitarian communities. The activities include time-critical and life-saving exercises. But the current situation in Afghanistan will not allow the assistance to continue further, said the UN agencies and several aid groups.
Is It A Temporary Ban? Stands Of De-Facto Rulers In Afghanistan
According to Shahabuddin Delawar, the acting minister of mining and oil, the decision regarding ceasing the educational rights of Afghani women might be temporary. Haibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Taliban, may decide to reopen the universities and secondary schools because of the lines based on Sharia and Afgan customs by April.
However, Afghanistan is in an alarming situation confronting the increasing ban on everything related to women. First, they were restricted from using public transport, amusement parks, public parks and gyms. Then the order was given to accompany a Mehran whenever women wished to go outside the house. Now, the right to education and employment has been taken away. Currently, women can not even join NGOs.
Global Support To The Humanitarian Assistance
Ministers from countries like USA, France, Germany, UK and Australia have called the ban a reckless and dangerous order. Almost all the large NGOs worldwide have suspended all their work until the Taliban reverse their decision. Many workers in Afghanistan have been told to stay in the house during the ban. Thus, agencies could not provide health services to the women in Afghanistan without the participation of lady staff.
According to Samira Sayed Rahman from the International Rescue Committee, many humanitarian services have been suspended due to the lack of Mehran (a male guardian of an Afghani woman). Women still could work in NGOs after the issue of wearing a Hijab mandatorily, but now the agency can not reach almost 28 million people in urgent need due to the decision to ban women from working in NGOs by the de-facto rulers.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volk Turk, conveyed deep despair and said no country could develop, indeed survive with half of its demography excluded socially and economically.