Afghanistan. The Taliban prohibits Afghan women from working in NGOs
The ruling Taliban of Afghanistan ordered local and foreign NGOs to stop their employees from coming to work until further notice. This is another recent decision by the Taliban that undermines the rights and freedoms of women.
The order was issued by the Ministry of Economy. There was a threat that entities not complying with the regulations would have their permits withdrawn Afghanistan. It is not known whether this also applies to the agency UNthat operate in the country – notes the Reuters agency. It is also not clear whether the ban applies only to Afghan nationals or also to foreign employees of organizations operating in the country, the AP adds.
The decision was justified by the non-compliance by employees of non-governmental organizations with the rules of women’s dress introduced by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The ministry has received “serious complaints” about women working in such places not wearing a “proper” headscarf or hijab covering their hair, the ministry’s letter said.
On Tuesday, the Taliban banned women from Afghan universities. On Saturday, in the western country of Herat, dozens of women protested against this restriction. Taliban security forces dispersed the demonstration using a water cannon against the women, the AP reports.
She adds that the closure of universities to women caused outrage around the world, the decision was condemned by, among others, Muslim countries such as Saudi ArabiaTurkey, Qatar or United Arab Emirates. In Afghanistan itself, there were protests in major cities.
Since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan in 2021, women have lost most of the rights won over the last two decades after the collapse of the previous fundamentalist Taliban regime that ruled the country from 1996 to 2001.
Main photo source: MAXIM SHIPENKOV/EPA/PAP
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