UAE condems Taliban's decision to ban women from NGOs

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The UAE has condemned the Taliban's decision to ban women from working in national and international non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs and the UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said that at a time when two-thirds of Afghanistan’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance, and six million people are at risk of starvation, the decision will further impede the provision of humanitarian relief in the country and affect the most vulnerable, including women, children, and the elderly.

She added that this decision, as well as the Taliban’s recent ban on women and girls accessing higher education, violates UN Security Council resolution 2615 and will undoubtedly exacerbate humanitarian suffering in Afghanistan.

She concluded by emphasising that the future welfare of Afghanistan and its people depends on the full inclusion of women and girls in society.

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