Three weeks after the Taliban announced it would ban Afghan women from working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Save the Children was given credible guarantees for a full and safe return to work. said it was resuming some of its activities. female staff.
Save the Children Chief Operating Officer David Wright said:
“Following the ban on female support workers announced by the Ministry of Economy on December 24, 2022, Save the Children has suspended its activities. With 50% of our female workforce, we are essential to reaching women and girls.
“While most of our programs remain on hold, we are resuming some activities such as health, nutrition and some education services. Relevant authorities have stated that female staff should work safely and without hindrance. We have clear and reliable assurance that we can
“However, with blanket bans still in place, other activities remain on hold for which there is no credible assurance that female colleagues will be able to return to work. support, but these activities are only a small part of our overall business.
“Additionally to the existing humanitarian crisis, the ban on women NGO staff will have significant repercussions, boosting the needs of children. It means fewer women and girls will have access to essential assistance. and means that more children will be forced to move to work and marry due to pressure on households that would otherwise have received cash and livelihood support. means that tens of thousands of jobs are at risk.
“We have been in Afghanistan since the 1970s, through all the ups and downs and changes, but we are here to stay and do everything we can to help our children. withdraw and allow Save the Children and other NGOs to fully resume their work with male and female staff.”
Organizations like Save the Children have been essential in helping Afghan children and their families survive for years, especially when economic downturn and natural disasters devastating the country. The last 18 months of being trapped are important. By 2023, more than 28 million children and adults will need humanitarian assistance.
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