Following the ban of the interim government on the Afghan female staff of UNAMA, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on the Taliban’s action and pushed its calls for the ban to be overturned.
Speaking to reporters in New York, the US deputy ambassador to the UN, Robert Wood, said Washington considers the ban “basically as another effort by the Taliban to erase Afghan women and girls from society.”
Addressing a UN press conference, Barbara Woodward, the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN, said that “it would be very hard to recognize the Taliban as a government" as they are “excluding women from society in general and that is not an acceptable step for recognition.”
While asked about the ban, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, told reporters that “everybody was appalled by the decision that Taliban made.”
“We agreed to work on a product by the Security Council, proposed by some delegations, to work it in a quiet atmosphere and come up with something that would be useful and balanced,” he said.
The political analysts and human rights defenders gave various opinions in this regard:
“The policies of the UN and international community toward the Taliban have so far been patient… the necessary pressure on the Taliban has not been imposed,” said Sayed Jawad Sijadi, university instructor.
“The caretaker government will be once again driven into isolation. The conditions it has for the international community will not be realized. So, there should be efforts to reach an agreement via negotiations,” said Suraya Paikan, human rights’ defender.
UNAMA announced late Wednesday that it “has been notified by the de facto authorities that, with immediate effect, no Afghan woman is permitted to work for the UN in Afghanistan, and that this measure will be actively enforced.”
Earlier, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told TOLOnews that the ban happened due to some problems in Nangarhar province and that there is no problem in the rest of the country.