UNSC concerned over Taliban`s restrictions on women and girls in Afghanistan

UNSC concerned over Taliban`s restrictions on women and girls in Afghanistan

The UN Security Council, under the current presidency of India, has expressed concern over the restrictions imposed by the Taliban on the education and work of women and girls in Afghanistan, calling for a swift reversal of these policies, which undermine respect for human rights. doing less than

The Taliban last week banned women from attending university and working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Since retaking control of the war-torn country in August last year, the Taliban have steadily restricted women’s rights – despite promising their rule this time would be milder than those seen in the 1990s.

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India’s Ambassador to the United Nations and currently the UNSC President for the month of December, Ruchira Kamboj, issued a press statement on Tuesday on behalf of the 15-nation council, saying that its members are “extremely concerned” by reports that the Taliban have killed women and children. Suspended access to universities for girls.

The Council “reiterated its deep concern over the suspension of schools beyond the 6th grade, as well as its demand for the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and girls in Afghanistan. It called on the Taliban to reopen schools and rapidly called for a reversal.” Policies and practices that represent a growing erosion of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Members are also ‘deeply concerned’ by reports that the Taliban have banned female staff of non-governmental organizations and international organizations from attending work, which would have a “significant and immediate impact” on humanitarian work in the country, including The United Nations and the distribution of aid and health work, the statement said.

It said these sanctions are contrary to the commitments made by the Taliban to the Afghan people as well as the expectations of the international community.

India’s current Presidency of the Council and its two-year UNSC term ends on 31 December.

During India’s presidency of the Security Council in August last year, the council adopted Resolution 2593, which set the international community’s expectations regarding Afghanistan, including ensuring that the country’s territory was not used against other countries. is not used to launch a terrorist attack; the formation of a truly inclusive and representative government; combating terrorism and drug trafficking; and protection of the rights of women, children and minorities.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week that he was indeed troubled by an alleged order by Taliban officials to ban women from working for national and international NGOs.

A statement issued by her spokesperson said the decision would undermine the work of many organizations working across the country to help the most vulnerable, especially women and girls.

It said the United Nations and its partners, including national and international non-governmental organizations, are helping more than 28 million Afghans who depend on humanitarian aid to survive.

Effective delivery of humanitarian assistance requires full, safe and unimpeded access for all aid workers, including women.

Guterres had said that the alleged ban on women working with the international community to save lives and livelihoods in Afghanistan would cause more hardship on the people of Afghanistan.

UN Women’s Executive Director Sima Bahous said in a statement that the de facto authorities in Afghanistan have once again found new ways to harm Afghan women and girls.

As the world is outraged by the recent decisions to ban women and girls from higher education, barring women from working in national and international NGOs is yet another grave violation of women’s rights and humanitarian principles, she said.

Bahous said, we strongly condemn it without any objection.

This is relentless abuse, a blatant assault on women, their contribution, their freedom and their voice. This is yet another denial of every norm and standard of respect for human rights and human dignity of women.

The Security Council reiterated its full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan Roza Otunbayeva and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the importance of Otunbayeva continuing to fulfill its mandate, including monitoring and reporting on the situation, and UNAMA Engaging with all relevant Afghan political actors and stakeholders, including relevant officials, on these issues, consistent with the mandate of the UN, and informing the Security Council on progress.

Bahaus said that by preventing women from contributing to the efforts of aid organizations, the Taliban withheld aid for half of Afghanistan’s population, “aid on which they depended and without which they could not survive.”

She said 11.6 million women and girls are no longer receiving critical assistance. Households headed by women, who make up about a quarter of households in Afghanistan, have nowhere to turn and no means of livelihood.

Bahous said many national and international NGOs are unable to function without their women staff, affecting all services for women, including their access to water, sanitation, hygiene, security, mobile health, food, shelter and livelihood .

The consequences are further increasing the vulnerability of women and girls already at risk, as services for survivors of violence or to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse are closed.

The UN Women chief said thousands of children and families dependent on income from humanitarian aid women are now even more destitute.

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