KABUL: The Taliban government’s prohibition on women working for the UN forces the international body to make a “appalling choice” over whether to continue operations in Afghanistan, the UN said Tuesday.
“Through this ban, the Taliban de facto authorities seek to force the United Nations to choose between staying and delivering in support of the Afghan people and upholding the norms and principles we are duty-bound to uphold,” the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.
On April 4, the UN reported that Taliban authorities had directed its mission to prohibit all Afghan women from working at its offices across the nation.
According to the statement, mission head Roza Otunbayeva had launched a “operational review” to determine the next measures.
“It should be clear that any negative consequences of this crisis for the Afghan people will be the de facto authorities’ responsibility,” it stated.