Washington-based human rights organization Freedom Now has urged the United Nations to take a firm stance against Taliban discrimination and defend the rights of its female employees in Afghanistan.
In a Twitter thread on Thursday, the organization expressed concern over the UN’s compliance with the Taliban’s ban on women’s work, arguing that it violates the UN Charter’s gender equality principle.
“We are deeply concerned the UN is allowing its agencies to comply with the Taliban’s ban on women’s employment,” Freedom Now tweeted. “The decision violates the UN Charter’s gender equality principle. We urge the UN to defend its female staff’s rights by taking a firm stance against the Taliban’s discrimination.”
The prohibition imposed by the Taliban on women working in UN offices in Afghanistan has been met with widespread condemnation from the international community.
Despite having previously warned of the possibility of withdrawing from Afghanistan, the United Nations has announced that it will continue its operations in the country, and will not quit interaction regardless of the challenges this may entail.