Kabul: The Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugees Council, Jan Egeland, said on Monday that without female staff, they cannot work in Afghanistan.
Egeland arrived in Kabul on Sunday to meet with the Taliban’s officials about the ban on women aid workers.
“I am here in Afghanistan to meet Taliban leaders and try to find a way to get out of the current ban on our female workers, which is paralyzing all our humanitarian work in Afghanistan,” he said.
This comes as many humanitarian organizations have expressed concerns about the consequences of banning women from working in NGOs.
The Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugees Council met with the acting Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Khalil Rahman Haqqani, in Kabul.
According to the ministry’s spokesman, the acting minister vowed to make efforts to find a solution for women aid workers within an Islamic structure.
This comes as Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said that around 97 percent of the Afghans are living in poverty and two-thirds of the country’s population needs humanitarian aid to survive.