The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, (UNAMA) met with the Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, UNAMA said, adding that the bans on education and aid agency work for Afghan women need revoking now to halt Afghanistan’s slide into deeper instability and poverty.
“Taliban must end their intensifying campaign against Afghan women,” UN envoy Roza Otunbayeva said today, conveying world’s alarm to de facto Foreign Minister Amie Khan Muttaqi,” UNAMA said.
TOLOnews interviewed some female employees of NGOs and students who are concerned about their uncertain future.
Shabana worked for an NGO but she has been suspended from going to work following a decree of the Economy Ministry.
“I was dismissed from my job and this affected our economic condition. In addition to economic impacts, it affected my morale,” she said.
“In addition to men, women are also backbone of the society. Female students should also be allowed to work and also continue their education and lessons,” said Shila, a student.
Speaking to a press conference, the Turkish President Rajab Tayyab Erdogan called ban on female education in contradiction to the Islamic principles and said that no one should ban education under the name of Islam.
“Everyone wamts that the government should first provide prosperity for the people, security and food security and mental security,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
UN deputy special envoy for Afghanistan Markus Potzel met with deputy foreign minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, UNAMA said on Twitter, adding that the two sides discussed the need for education.
"Education is the single most important means to enable Afghan people to escape poverty," UNAMA said.
"Afghanistan's development needs the capacity and involvement of all Afghans,” UNAMA said.
“We have the wish to allow women to have access to education because for how long we will be facing illiteracy, war and skirmish in the country,” said Ahmad Jawid, a resident of Kabul.
Last month, the Ministry of Economy in a statement ordered NGOs to suspend their female employees’ jobs, a decision that faced widespread reactions at national and international levels.