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UN official meets Taliban deputy premier over girls NGO ban – The Washington Publish


KABUL, Afghanistan — A senior U.N. official in Afghanistan met on Sunday the deputy prime minister of the Taliban-led authorities to debate a ban on girls working for non-governmental teams that Afghan authorities have introduced in a sequence of measures rolling again girls’s rights.

The choice by the Taliban authorities to bar girls from NGO work has prompted main worldwide support companies to droop operations within the nation. The ban has raised fears that individuals will likely be disadvantaged of meals, schooling, healthcare and different vital companies, as over half of Afghanistan’s inhabitants wants pressing humanitarian help.

Assist companies have warned the ban can have catastrophic penalties and “a whole bunch and hundreds” of Afghans will die due to the Taliban resolution.

The deputy head of the U.N. Mission in Afghanistan, Potzel Markus, met Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi within the capital Kabul to debate the ban, in addition to different measures together with barring girls from universities.

“Banning girls from working in non-governmental organizations, denying women and girls from schooling and coaching, harms hundreds of thousands of individuals in Afghanistan and prevents the supply of important support to Afghan males, girls, and kids,” the U.N. mission mentioned.

Potzel is the most recent U.N. official to satisfy the Taliban’s management amid mounting worldwide concern over the curbing of ladies’s freedoms in Afghanistan.

Final Monday, the performing head of the U.N. mission Ramiz Alakbarov met Financial system Minister Qari Din Mohammed Hanif.

Hanif issued the NGO ban on Dec. 24, allegedly as a result of girls weren’t sporting the Islamic headband, or hijab, accurately. He mentioned any group discovered not complying with the order can have its license revoked.

Assist companies have been offering important companies and help within the face of a worsening humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan.

The Taliban takeover in 2021, as U.S. and NATO forces have been within the last weeks of their pullout after 20 years of struggle, despatched Afghanistan’s financial system right into a tailspin and reworked the nation, driving hundreds of thousands into poverty and starvation. International support stopped virtually in a single day.

Sanctions on the Taliban rulers, together with a halt on financial institution transfers and the freezing of billions in Afghanistan’s international belongings have already restricted entry to world establishments. Funds from support companies helped prop up the nation’s aid-dependent financial system earlier than the Taliban takeover.

U.N. support chief Martin Griffiths is because of go to Afghanistan to debate the ban.

Potzel’s assembly with Hanafi got here as a U.N. survey confirmed {that a} third of NGOs headed by girls in Afghanistan have been pressured to cease 70% of their actions because of the ban and round a 3rd have stopped all their actions.

The U.N. Ladies’s Division mentioned 86% of the 151 organizations surveyed have both stopped or are functioning partially.

It additionally mentioned the shortage of ladies within the distribution of support has had a major influence on the Afghan inhabitants.

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