UN Afghan staff told to stay home as Taliban prompts UN Women ban

UN Afghan staff told to stay home as Taliban prompts UN Women ban

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Funding cuts?

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the imposition of restrictions in Nangarhar, posting on Twitter: “If this measure is not reversed, it will inevitably undermine our ability to provide life-saving aid to those who need it.”

The Taliban administration, which seized power after US-led forces withdrew from Afghanistan after a 20-year war, says it respects women’s rights according to a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Since toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul, the Taliban have tightened controls on women’s access to public life, including barring women from university and closing most girls’ high schools.

In December, Taliban officials barred most female humanitarian aid workers from working, which aid workers say has made it more difficult to reach women in need and could cause donors to freeze funding.

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