Denmark and the EU call on the Taliban to reverse the NGO decision

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Together with the United States and the EU, Denmark is a signatory of a declaration to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Foreign ministers from 12 countries – including Denmark – and the EU are calling on Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government to reverse its decision to bar women from working in NGOs.

– The unjustifiable and dangerous order of the Taliban, which excludes female employees of national and international NGOs from the workplace, poses a risk to millions of Afghans who depend on humanitarian aid for their survival, reads the statement .

In addition to Denmark and the EU, the foreign ministers from the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain and the Netherlands signed the call.

From 15 December, Lars Løkke Rasmussen (M) was the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

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On Saturday, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan ordered all NGOs not to allow female employees to come to work.

The Taliban justify the decision with the fact that some female employees did not follow the rules of Islamic dress for women.

The week before, the Taliban banned women from going to university. The girls were banned from going to school back in March.

The order from the Taliban caused several NGOs to stop their work in the country.

Among them is the Danish aid organization Dacaar (Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees).

The UN Security Council called on Tuesday for women and girls in Afghanistan to participate in society in an equal and meaningful way.

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At the same time, the UN body condemned the Taliban’s ban on women being able to study at universities or work for humanitarian aid organizations.

The Security Council further declared that the Taliban is failing the promise it made to the Afghan people when it took power in the summer of 2021.

The declaration was adopted by consensus of the 15 countries in the Security Council.

The Taliban took power in Afghanistan last August. When the Taliban were last in power from 1996 to 2001, it was largely forbidden for women to get an education.

When the Taliban took power last year, however, the policy was said to have changed.


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