UN deputy secretary-general in Kabul for talks on women’s education, work

UN deputy secretary-general in Kabul for talks on women’s education, work
In this file photo taken on March 1, 2022, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, gestures as she delivers a speech in Nairobi. (Photo courtesy: AFP/File)
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Updated 18 January 2023
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UN deputy secretary-general in Kabul for talks on women’s education, work

UN deputy secretary-general in Kabul for talks on women’s education, work
  • Afghanistan seeks international recognition, removal of banking sanctions and travel restrictions on Taliban leaders
  • Taliban ordered local and foreign aid organizations last month to stop letting female staff work until further notice

KABUL: The UN deputy secretary-general met Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister on Wednesday to discuss women’s education and work after Taliban authorities ordered most female NGO workers to stop work and barred women from attending universities.
Amina Mohammed was in Kabul as part of a series of meetings that had included stops in Turkiye, Qatar, and Pakistan to discuss the situation in Afghanistan with diplomats, the Afghan diaspora, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
“Clear consensus was evident on the issue of women and girls’ rights to work and have access to education,” said a statement from the United Nations, referring to meetings in the lead-up to the Kabul visit.
In Kabul, she met acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, according to a foreign affairs ministry spokesperson.
Muttaqi said a lack of formal recognition, travel restrictions on Taliban leaders, and banking sanctions were causing problems and that the international community should address them, according to a foreign ministry statement. He added that women were able to work in health and education.
The Taliban administration last month ordered local and foreign aid organizations to stop letting female staff work until further notice. It said the move, condemned globally, was justified because some women had not adhered to the Taliban’s interpretation of the Islamic dress code. It came days after authorities ordered universities not to allow female students.




United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed meets with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this handout image released January 18, 2023. (Photo courtesy: REUTERS)

Many NGOs, some of whom carry out humanitarian work under contracts with the UN, stopped operations in the wake of the ban. Some said this week they had re-started work in areas such as health in which authorities had assured them female workers could operate.