According to a letter sent by the Ministry of Economy to all licensed NGOs, the Taliban administration in Afghanistan has ordered all local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to allow their female employees to come to work. prevent from
The ministry said that non-compliance will result in the cancellation of the licenses of the said NGOs.
The ministry, in the letter – which its spokesman Abdul Rahman Habib confirmed to CNN – cited non-compliance with Islamic dress code and other laws and regulations of the Islamic emirate as the reason for the decision.
“Recently serious complaints have been received regarding non-observance of Islamic hijab and other laws and regulations of the Islamic Emirate,” the letter said, resulting in “all female employees of national and international non-governmental organizations.” It has been directed to suspend the work of ”
Earlier this week, the Taliban government suspended university education for all female students in Afghanistan.
A spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education confirmed the university’s suspension to CNN on Tuesday. A letter published by the Ministry of Education said that the decision was taken in a cabinet meeting and the order will come into effect immediately.
In a televised news conference on Thursday, the Taliban’s minister of higher education said they had banned women’s universities from following Islamic dress codes and other “Islamic values,” a reference to female students. Giving those who travel without a male guardian. The move sparked outrage among women in Afghanistan.
It’s another step in the Taliban’s brutal crackdown on Afghan women’s freedoms, following the hardline Islamist group’s takeover of the country in August 2021.
The United Nations has condemned the Taliban’s announcement on Saturday.
“Women must be empowered to play a vital role in all aspects of life, including humanitarian response. The UN statement said that preventing women from working violates women’s fundamental rights as well as human rights. It would be a clear violation.
“This latest decision will only further hurt those who are most vulnerable, especially women and girls.”
He also said that he would try to meet with the Taliban leadership to seek clarification.
Amnesty International called for the ban to be “immediately withdrawn” and the Taliban to “stop abusing their power”.
“Women and girls should not be punished for demanding and defending their fundamental rights,” she said in a statement. “The right to work for all people in Afghanistan, especially women, must be fully realized in accordance with international human rights law.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken also spoke on Saturday. “Extremely concerned that the Taliban’s ban on humanitarian aid delivery to women in Afghanistan will disrupt vital and life-saving aid to millions of people,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Women are central to humanitarian operations around the world. This decision could be devastating for the Afghan people.
Thomas West, the US special representative for Afghanistan, tweeted on Saturday that the Taliban’s latest order was “highly irresponsible”.
“This poses deadly risks to millions of people who depend on life-saving aid. The Taliban are ignoring their basic responsibilities to their people,” Maghrib tweeted.
Although the Taliban has repeatedly claimed to protect the rights of girls and women, in reality it has done the opposite, taking away the freedoms they have fought tirelessly for the past two decades.
Some of its most prominent restrictions are around education, with girls barred from going back to secondary schools in March. The move devastated many students and their families, who told CNN of their dreams of becoming doctors, teachers or engineers.