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UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. humanitarian chief and leaders of two main worldwide support 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 intention – reversing the Taliban’s crackdown on ladies and women together with its ban on Afghan ladies working for nationwide and international 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 ladies working for non-governmental organizations has put some support packages on maintain and is “sowing fears that the already dire humanitarian state of affairs in Afghanistan will get even worse.”
Some 28 million Afghans are in want of meals, drugs and different humanitarian support, “a 350% hike in simply 5 years,” in response to 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 have been extra open to restoring ladies’s rights however others have 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 Ladies which promotes gender equality and girls’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 targeted on the restrictive measures the Taliban have imposed on ladies and women since they took energy in August 2021, in the course of the last weeks of the U.S. and NATO forces’ pullout after 20 years of conflict.
Griffiths is predicted to focus particularly on reversing the December ban on Afghan ladies working for NGOs. The U.N. has burdened that Afghan ladies are essential to delivering humanitarian assist to civilians, the vast majority of them ladies and youngsters.