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UN urges Taliban to reverse restriction on women education

The United Nation’s Security Council has called for the reversal of restriction placed on women in Afghanistan by Taliban.

Women have been banned from attending university and working for NGOs by the Taliban.

In a statement, the UN condemns in strong terms the Taliban’s policies targeted at women

The UN Security Council while expressing worry about the growing restrictions on women’s education, stressed the importance of education for women and equal participation of women in all field of endeavors.

”Reopen schools and swiftly reverse these policies and practices, which represents an increasing erosion for the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

”The ban on female humanitarian workers “would have a significant and immediate impact for humanitarian operations in country”, including for the UN” it adds.

Reacting to the development on Twitter, the UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres, described the restrictions as unjustifiable human rights violations.

“Actions to exclude and silence women and girls continue to cause immense suffering and major setbacks to the potential of the Afghan people,”.

Since the latest restriction on activities of women, five top NGOs have stopped working in Afghanistan.

These NGOs Care International, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Save the Children International, said they could not continue their work without their female staff.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare