The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed serious concern that female staff have been prevented from reporting to work in Nangarhar province.
In a tweet on Tuesday, UNAMA said:
“The @UN in #Afghanistan expresses serious concern that female national UN staff have been prevented from reporting to work in Nangarhar province.
“We remind de facto authorities that United Nations entities cannot operate and deliver life-saving assistance without female staff.”
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In December 2022, the Taliban banned women from working as aid workers. And the group’s longtime spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that UN employees were not exempt from the ban.
Despite intense lobbying and international condemnations, the group has refused to lift its bans on women’s right to work for domestic and international NGOs.