Following widespread concerns about the issue of women in Afghanistan, Ambassador Chris Lu, US Representative for UN Management and Reform, criticized the Islamic Emirate's recent decrees banning women's employment and education in Afghanistan.
According to Lu, equal access to education and work is an essential component for the vitality and resiliency of populations.
“First, we join UNICEF and other Member States in condemning in the strongest terms the Taliban’s edicts that ban women from universities and from working for NGOs, this on top of an existing ban on girls from secondary school. Equal access to education and work is an essential component for the vitality and resiliency of populations, including all young adults and children, regardless of gender,” Ambassador Chris Lu, US Representative for UN Management and Reform said in statement.
However, the Islamic Emirate, in response to the statements of the US envoy, said that the current government regulates all issues within the framework of Islamic laws.
The deputy spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, Bilal Karimi, asked the international community to take steps to recognize the current government of Afghanistan.
“The countries who are worried about this should fulfill their responsibilities to eliminate the gaps and take action to address the issues,” Karimi said.
Some university professors and students urged the Islamic Emirate to immediately reopen schools and universities to girls.
"The education of a woman is the education of a family or a community, thus we ask them to please open schools and universities as soon as possible,” said Imal Rasa, a university professor.
"We ask the Islamic Emirate to allow the students to continue their education,” said Hasina, a student.
Ambassador Chris Lu also asked donor UN agencies, and humanitarian partners to take a strong, unified stance against the replacement of women with men in humanitarian aid delivery.
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