NEW YORK (AA) – The UN’s aid chief visited Afghanistan on Monday to convey messages to the Taliban on the need to reverse policies banning women from public life, said a spokesman.
The latest visit by Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths along with the President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children US, Janti Soeripto, the Secretary General of Care International, Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro, and the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Omar Abdi, comes one month after the Taliban banned Afghan women from working in national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The recent ban put some programs on hold, sowing fears that the already dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan will get worse, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Some 28 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, according to the UN.
The Taliban regime recently moved to close universities to female students across the country until further notice and has barred girls from attending secondary school, restricted women and girls’ freedom of movement, excluded women from most areas of the workforce and banned women from using parks, gyms and public bath houses.
The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan on Aug. 15, 2021, and the subsequent freezing of the country’s assets held in the US have left it in economic, humanitarian and human rights crises.