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Aid groups warn of deadly consequences from Taliban ban against Afghan women in NGOs

NGOs and humanitarian organizations, many of them staffed and led by women, provide critical life-saving services for many people in Afghanistan, including health care programs for pre- and post-natal and infant care staffed by women.

Groups are protesting the Taliban's edict against women working for aid groups
Groups are protesting the Taliban's edict against women working for aid groups (AN/Brett Jordan/Unsplash)

The heads of about two dozen United Nations-aligned and other international organizations pursued diplomacy while demanding that the Taliban immediately end its policies severely curtailing the freedoms of women and girls.

They denounced a decision by Afghanistan’s de facto authorities to ban women from working in humanitarian nongovernmental organizations, calling it a major blow for women, children and other vulnerable communities as well as the entire country that has forced some programs to be halted.

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