Aid groups: Afghans will die because of ban on women in NGOs

“Banning women from humanitarian work has immediate life-threatening consequences for all Afghans,” the U.N. warned in its statement.

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December 29, 2022 - 4:59 PM

Afghan women protest against new Taliban ban on women accessing university education on Dec. 22, 2022, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Getty Images/TNS)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Major aid agencies on Thursday warned that Afghans will die because of the Taliban order banning women from working at nongovernmental groups, and stressed that female staff are crucial for the delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance across war-battered Afghanistan.

The dire prediction came after the Economy Ministry last week said women can no longer work at international or domestic NGOs, allegedly because they are not wearing the Islamic headscarf, or hijab, correctly at their workplace.

The order was the latest blow to women’s rights and freedoms since the Taliban took power in August 2021. The move has triggered international condemnation and calls for the Taliban to reverse their decision immediately, as the country grapples with a spiraling humanitarian crisis, a harsh winter, and an economic collapse.

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