Claiming they were not wearing the Islamic headscarf “correctly”, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has ordered all non-governmental organizations (NGOs), both local and international, not to employ female staff. In case of non-compliance with what is requested by the Ministry of Economy, the licenses of said NGOs will be revoked.
Given the order that non-governmental organizations received on December 24 not to employ women until further notice, several NGOs, including Save the Children, CARE International and the Norwegian Refugee Council, announced that they would suspend their work activities in Afghanistan, since three thousand of its eight thousand employees are women.
Through a statement, the aforementioned organizations stated that without the support of the female staff in their institutions they would never have been able to affectively help children, women and men in the desperate situation of need in Afghanistan.
Without the women leading our response, we would not have been able to reach millions of Afghans in need since August 2021. Beyond the impact on the delivery of life-saving aid, this will affect thousands of jobs amidst a huge economic crisis.
– The three organizations declare in their statement
Clarifying that they will suspend their programs pending clarification of the order from the Taliban government, the decision of the three NGOs is taken just at a time when more than half of the population depends on humanitarian aid and during the hottest season. mountainous nation, support accessed by millions of Afghans.
Given the situation in which different institutions, both local and international, are coming together to empower women in Afghanistan, more and more organizations oppose banning women for “not respecting” the dress code required by the Taliban regime.