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UN assist chief in search of to reverse ban on Afghan girls employees


UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. humanitarian chief and leaders of two main worldwide assist organizations are in Afghanistan following final week’s go to by a delegation led by the U.N.’s highest-ranking girl with the identical goal – reversing the Taliban’s crackdown on girls and ladies together with its ban on Afghan girls working for nationwide and world humanitarian organizations.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned Undersecretary-Common for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths was within the Afghan capital Monday together with Janti Soeripto, CEO of Save The Youngsters US, and Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro, the secretary normal of Care Worldwide in addition to Omar Abdi, the deputy govt director of UNICEF, the U.N. kids’s company.

Dujarric mentioned final month’s Taliban ban on Afghan girls working for non-governmental organizations has put some assist packages on maintain and is “sowing fears that the already dire humanitarian scenario in Afghanistan will get even worse.”

Some 28 million Afghans are in want of meals, medication and different humanitarian assist, “a 350% hike in simply 5 years,” in line with the newest report launched Monday on the Humanitarian Wants Overview for Afghanistan, Dujarric mentioned.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq mentioned final Friday that the delegation headed by U.N. Deputy Secretary-Common Amina Mohammed discovered that some Taliban officers had been extra open to restoring girls’s rights however others had been clearly opposed.

“The important thing factor is to reconcile the (Taliban) officers that they’ve met who’ve been extra useful with those that haven’t,” Haq mentioned.

Mohammed, a former Nigerian Cupboard minister and a Muslim who’s the U.N.’s highest-ranking girl, was joined on the journey by Sima Bahous, govt director of UN Girls which promotes gender equality and ladies’s rights, and Assistant Secretary Common for political affairs Khaled Khiari.

The U.N. staff met with the Taliban within the capital of Kabul and the southern metropolis of Kandahar, however the U.N. didn’t launch the names of any of the Taliban officers. The conferences centered on the restrictive measures the Taliban have imposed on girls and ladies since they took energy in August 2021, throughout the closing weeks of the U.S. and NATO forces’ pullout after 20 years of battle.

Griffiths is predicted to focus particularly on reversing the December ban on Afghan girls working for NGOs. The U.N. has careworn that Afghan girls are essential to delivering humanitarian assist to civilians, the vast majority of them girls and kids.

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