UN calls on Taliban to drop restrictions on women

According to Ahram Online, The Security Council “reiterated its deep concern of the suspension of schools beyond the sixth grade, and its call for the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women and girls in Afghanistan,” it said in a press statement.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker pointed to “terrible consequences” of a decision to bar women from working for non-governmental organizations.

“No country can develop, let alone survive, socially and economically, if half of its population is excluded,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk in a statement issued in Geneva.

“These unfathomable restrictions placed on women and girls will not only increase the suffering of all Afghans but, I fear, pose a risk beyond Afghanistan’s borders.”

 

“This latest decree by the de facto authorities will have terrible consequences for women and for all Afghan people,” Turk said, adding that banning women from working for NGOs will deprive them and their families of incomes and of the right to “contribute positively” to the country’s development.

 

“Women and girls cannot be denied their inherent rights,” Turk said. “Attempts by the de facto authorities to relegate them to silence and invisibility will not succeed, it will merely harm all Afghans, compound their suffering, and impede the country’s development.”

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