The UN special envoy for Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, warned that funding for Afghanistan is likely to drop if women were not allowed to work.
Speaking at the UN Security Council, Otunbayeva said that the 20th December ban on higher education, and the 24th December ban on women working for NGOs will have serious consequences for the Afghan population and for the relationship between the Taliban and the international community.
“Funding for Afghanistan is likely to drop if women are not allowed to work. NGOs run by women, for example, have had to cease activities. If the amount of assistance is reduced, then the amount of US dollar cash shipments required to support that assistance will also decline,” she said.
Afghanistan remains the largest humanitarian crisis globally, she said, adding that two-thirds of the population, 28 million people, will need humanitarian assistance this year to survive.
“This will cost $4.62 billion, the single-largest country appeal ever. Almost half of the population, 20 million people, are experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity,” Otunbayeva said.
But the Ministry of Economy said assistance to the people of Afghanistan is the responsibility of the international community.
The deputy Minister of Economy, Abdul Latif Nazari, said that the suspension of aid will have negative impacts on the situation in Afghanistan.
“Efforts are underway to keep the humanitarian aid on track through diplomatic ways. Not only the humanitarian aid but also the development aid as well to build the infrastructures of Afghanistan,” he said.
The economists believe that the suspension of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan would exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the country.
“The wish of the Afghan people from the UN officials is to not politicalize the humanitarian aid and to not misuse the humanitarian aid for political purpose,” said Shabir Bashiri, an economist.