The UN directed its Afghanistan personnel to avoid its offices due to the Taliban's ban on female aid workers. The ban is an extension of a previous one that prohibited Afghan women from working for NGOs, which the UN considers a discriminatory measure.
The Taliban has restricted women and girls' participation in most areas of public and daily life in Afghanistan. Female UN staff have faced movement restrictions, harassment, and detention since the Taliban's takeover in 2021.
The Oppression of Women Under a Tablian Rule
Taliban's treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan includes denying them higher education and prohibiting them from working. The Taliban imposes their interpretation of Islamic Sharia law to suppress the rights and freedoms of women. Taliban women and girls are banned from:
Going to school or studying
Leaving the house without a male chaperone
Showing their skin in public
Accessing healthcare delivered by men
Being involved in politics or speaking publicly.
"Decades of progress on gender equality and women's rights have been wiped out in mere months. We must continue to act together, united in our insistence on guarantees of respect for the full spectrum of women's rights." —UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous.