UN Women: Taliban decisions cut most assistance to women

The United Nations Support for Women announced Saturday that 86 percent of organizations providing humanitarian aid, whether led or focused on women in Afghanistan, no longer operate or have reduced their work.

The organization said on Twitter that a week after the ban imposed on women working in non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan, 151 humanitarian aid organizations, most of which are women-led or women-focused, were asked in to what extent the ban affected their ability to provide services, and it was found that the ban had serious effects.

The organization added that the ban resulted in a reduction in the work or the complete suspension of the work of 86% of these non-governmental organizations.

On Thursday, the United Nations announced it would not stop providing aid to Afghanistan despite the Taliban’s ban on women working in humanitarian organizations in the country.

“Let me make it clear that the United Nations, together with its humanitarian partners, is deeply committed to providing life-saving services to the Afghan people,” Ramiz Alekperov, the UN Resident Coordinator, told reporters in Afghanistan.

Alekperov said in a press conference that Afghanistan’s humanitarian needs are “very colossal.”

And ahead of the decision to ban women from working in non-governmental organizations, the Taliban government decided to bar university education for women until further notice, a decision that sparked widespread international condemnation and protest movements within of Afghanistan.

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