Taliban Refuses to Lift Ban on Women Aid Workers

Despite efforts on the part of the United Nations to demand gender equity, the Taliban continues to refuse to lift a ban on women working for aid organizations even though foreign aid officials say that projects in health, education and the provision of food largely depend on women workers. The ban has halted work on the UN’s World Food Program where 600 Afghan women were employed as surveyors in bakery projects that were responsible for feeding almost 270,000 people every day. The United Nations expressed disappointment in the Taliban’s refusal to soften their position and alluded to the fact that members of the Taliban militia were very displeased that local women were working with international aid groups.


Reuters - 20 July 2000

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