The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and girls in Afghanistan, condemning the Taliban-led government’s ban on women under go to university or work for humanitarian aid groups.
In a statement agreed by consensus, 15 members Council said the ban on women and girls from attending secondary schools and universities in Afghanistan “represents a growing erosion of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Twitter on Tuesday that the restrictions were an “unreasonable human rights violation and must be revoked.” He added: “The act of exclusion and silence women and girls continue to cause great suffering and great failures to the potential of the Afghan people.”
The ban on women entering universities was announced when the Security Council in New York met on Afghanistan last week. Girls have been banned from high school since March.
The council said the ban on female humanitarian workers, announced Saturday, “will have a significant and immediate impact on humanitarian operations in the country”, including those of the United Nations. Country.
“These restrictions contradict the Taliban’s commitments to the Afghan people and the expectations of the international community,” the Security Council said.
Four major global aid groups, whose humanitarian efforts have reached millions of Afghans, said on Sunday they were suspending operations because they could not run their programs without female staff.
United Nations aid director Martin Griffiths told the Security Council last week that 97% of Afghans live in poverty, two-thirds of the population need aid to survive, 20 million people face starvation. acute and 1.1 million teenage girls are banned from school.
The Islamic Taliban took power in August last year. They banned much of girls’ education when in power two decades ago but say their policies have changed. The Taliban-led government has not received international recognition.