IP- Four major international aid groups suspended their operations in Afghanistan after the Taliban banned women from attending school, university, and working.

Iran PressAsia: The Taliban have banned women from universities in Afghanistan, sparking international condemnation and despair among young people in the country.

The ban further restricts women's education - girls have already been excluded from secondary schools since the Taliban returned last year.

Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and CARE said they could not effectively reach children, women, and men in desperate need in Afghanistan without the women in their workforces.

The NGO ban was introduced a day earlier, allegedly because women weren’t wearing the Islamic headscarf correctly.

The four NGOs are providing healthcare, education, child protection, and nutrition services and support amid plummeting humanitarian conditions.

In a statement, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that excluding women from schools and NGO work in Afghanistan “can and will lead to catastrophic humanitarian consequences in the short to long term.”

The Taliban also banned female students from attending universities across the country this week.

The International Rescue Committee said it was dismayed by the Taliban decision, adding that more than 3,000 of its staff in Afghanistan are women. 


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