Groups Halt Aid Efforts in Afghanistan After Taliban Bans Women Working

The four groups effectively said they must suspend operation in Afghanistan because they cannot reach those in need without female employees.

  • The major international groups suspended activities in Afghanistan on Sunday after the Taliban-run government banned women from being employed by nongovernmental organizations.
  • The ban is the latest attempt by the fundamentalist group toward limiting the rights of female residents.
  • The International Rescue Committee, which has worked in Afghanistan since 1998, released a statement independently about its decision to cease operations. More than 8,000 people, including 3,000 women, were employed by the committee in Afghanistan.
  • The Taliban’s Ministry of Economy told all licensed Non-Government Organizations, or NGO’s, in Afghanistan on Saturday to stop female employees from coming into work.
  • The ministry cited as it reason “serious complaints regarding not observing the Islamic hijab and other Islamic Emirate’s laws and regulations” as its reason.
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