The foreign minister accused the Taliban of “trying to erase women from society in Afghanistan” after imposing a ban on women workers in non-governmental organizations that forced aid agencies to withdraw.
James Cleverly said that everyone in Afghanistan will suffer the consequences of politics because they urge the regime to change their minds.
Humanitarian leaders have warned that excluding women from NGO work will have dire consequences for the population by depriving them of vital aid.
some have Work has already been suspended in Afghanistan In the wake of the ban, which came days after the Taliban banned Afghan women from higher education.
The senior UN official met in Kabul with a Taliban Minister on Monday to discuss the decision and its harm to humanitarian relief efforts.
The foreign minister said on Twitter: “The Taliban are trying to remove women from society in Afghanistan.
“Preventing women from working in NGOs will prevent millions of Afghans from accessing life-saving aid and supplies. This will have an impact on everyone.
The Taliban must urgently reverse this decision.
Economy Minister Qariuddin Muhammad Hanif announced the widely condemned measure on Saturday, the latest of many restrictions on women’s rights under Taliban rule.
It was imposed because some NGO workers in Afghanistan incorrectly wore the Islamic headscarf.
Ramiz Alekperov, the acting head of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, met with Hanif on Monday and called for the ban to be rescinded.
Prior to the ban, international aid agencies including Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Norwegian Refugee and Welfare Council provided basic services as living conditions worsened.
David Miliband, the former foreign secretary who now heads the International Rescue Committee, said his female employees are “a lifeline to millions of clients and we couldn’t do without them”.
Christian Aid said it had suspended work while it sought to clarify the ad, and urged the Taliban to reverse the ban.
“A ban on female aid workers will only reduce our ability to assist the growing number of people in need and risks exacerbating the serious humanitarian crisis facing women and girls,” said Ray Hassan of Christian Aid.
Islamic Relief has temporarily halted non-life-saving activities in the country, but will continue to provide health care deemed life-saving.
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