US Secretary of State “disturbed” by Taliban’s ban on UN women staff

The Taliban’s decision of banning women from working with the United Nations has sparked widespread outrage, prompting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to take to Twitter and condemn the decision.

“Disturbed by another reprehensible Taliban decision banning Afghan women from working with the UN. This will threaten vulnerable Afghans who depend on humanitarian assistance. We urge the Taliban to put Afghans first and reverse this decision.” Blinken tweeted on Thursday.

The United Nations Security Council has scheduled a meeting to discuss the issue on Thursday.

“The UN Security Council will convene tomorrow to discuss the Taliban’s repugnant decision to bar women from working with the UN,” Linda Thomas, the US ambassador to UN wrote in a tweet late on Wednesday.

Roza Otunbayeva, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, has warned that the prohibition could lead to economic misery and isolation adding that the country is at further risk of even greater economic misery and isolation from the community of nations.

Despite the ongoing criticism directed towards the Taliban’s ban on UN female staff, the group’s officials have hitherto refrained remained tight-lipped to comment over the issue.

The Taliban has once again confined women and girls to their home spaces after the group recaptured Afghanistan in August 2021.In addition to movement restrictions, women and girls are banned from education and work in all over Afghanistan.