Qatar expressed “deep concern” over the Taliban’s decision to ban female employees from working with NGOs. In a statement, Qatar’s foreign ministry called on the Taliban to review its decision to allow women to take up the various jobs offered to them in the organisation.
“The State of Qatar expresses its deep concern over the decision of the caretaker government of Afghanistan to ban Afghan women from working in local and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) until further notice, on the pretext that some female employees do not follow the government’s guidelines for Islamic dress for women,” Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. said in a statement.
Qatar’s foreign ministry stressed the need to “respect women’s right to work” and stressed that the freedom to choose and accept work was a “human right”. In a statement, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that their position is to support all classes of people in Afghanistan in obtaining all rights, including the right to work.
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“The State of Qatar calls on the caretaker government to revisit its decision to enable women to take up the various jobs they can in organizations to help distribute and flow humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan,” Qatar’s foreign ministry said in a statement. .
The Taliban on Saturday ordered all local and foreign NGOs to prevent female employees from coming to work in the country, Tolo News reported, ahead of the Qatari foreign ministry’s statement. The Taliban ordered all national and international NGOs to suspend their female employees until further notice, Tolo News reported. Days earlier, the Taliban had ordered the closure of universities for female students across the country.
After the Taliban banned women from working in NGOs, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern over the decision. Guterres stressed that the decision would undermine the work of organizations to help the most vulnerable, especially women and girls, UN Secretary-General Stephen Dujarric said in a statement.
“The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by reports that the de facto Taliban authorities have ordered a ban on women working for national and international NGOs,” Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
“This decision will undermine the work of numerous organizations across the country helping the most vulnerable, especially women and girls,” he added.