UN says it will not stop aid to Afghanistan despite ban on women joining NGOs
The United Nations on Thursday said it would not stop helping Afghanistan despite a Taliban ban on women working in the country’s aid sector.
“Let me be clear that the United Nations and its humanitarian partners are very committed to providing life-saving services to the people of Afghanistan,” the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, told reporters. reporter.
Speaking after the G7 released a statement calling the actions of Muslim hardliners “reckless and dangerous”, Alakbarov said Afghanistan’s humanitarian needs were “great”.
“We do not believe that comprehensive humanitarian action can be taken without the participation of women,” he said.
However, he added, “It’s important that we continue to stay and deliver.”
“Aid is never conditional. You can’t conditionally provide food or medical assistance to a starving or dying person.”
He said the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and other UN officials will visit Afghanistan in the coming weeks to discuss the situation with the country’s Taliban rulers, who are close to each other. It also forbids women from attending university.
“I believe that from my interaction with the Taliban, the best way to come to a solution is not pressure. It’s dialogue. This movement has not responded well to pressure in the past.”
UN officials have had some “constructive” discussions with the Taliban authorities about the situation, he said, citing talks with the health minister.
“It is clear that providing health services to women and girls would not be possible without health workers,” he said.
He said the minister had agreed that there should be no barriers and that female service providers could return to work.
“We are working for a single purpose, which is to solve the bottleneck and negotiate so that women can go back to work and girls can go back to school, based on understanding. that this is an absolutely essential right of others,” Alakbarov said.
“We need to focus on finding solutions.”
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