June 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Roza Otunbayeva, has stated before the UN Security Council that it is “impossible” for the government installed by the Taliban in Afghanistan to be recognized by the international community if restrictions against women and girls remain in force.
Otunbayeva explained this Wednesday that “they have not yet received explanations” from the Taliban regarding the ban on their female staff in the country and has made it clear that women who work for UN agencies “will not be replaced by male colleagues “, as the ‘de facto’ authorities have suggested.
“The April ban targets the United Nations directly. The Taliban asks to be recognized by the UN, but at the same time they act against the fundamental values expressed in the United Nations Charter,” Otunbayeva has sentenced.
Specifically, this prohibition is added to previous ones imposed by the ‘de facto’ authorities, such as the ban on women and girls attending schools and universities, as well as the exclusion of women in economic, social and public life. by prohibiting them from visiting parks, bathrooms or gyms.
“The Taliban regime remains insular and autocratic. The composition of the ‘de facto’ government is entirely male, and almost entirely derived from the Taliban’s rural Pashtun political base,” it added.
On the other hand, Otunbayeva has warned that the ban on opium cultivation in the country has produced an economic impact on the people who are dedicated to sustaining the country’s rural economy. “Donors should consider the possibility of allocating funds to
alternative programs that address the specific needs of affected farmers,” he said.
The authorities established by the Taliban after seizing power in August 2021 have faced criticism for their restrictions on civil liberties, including the closure of educational centers and the exclusion of female students from them, amid a battery of discriminatory measures against women that remove them from their jobs and govern aspects of their daily lives.