Concern about the situation of women in Afghanistan
The Swiss children’s charity Terre des hommes has expressed its concern about the ban on women working in non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Women played a crucial role in humanitarian work.
The humanitarian work of women in Afghanistan is indispensable for the children’s charity terre des hommes. (archive image)
The organization announced on Monday that midwives, doctors and social workers from Terre des hommes in Afghanistan have been prevented from working since Saturday. In the middle of winter, the worst is feared for the health of thousands of mothers, children and newborns.
Terre des hommes urged the continued participation of Afghan women in humanitarian efforts. According to the organization, around 28 million of the 40 million inhabitants are dependent on humanitarian aid, most of them women and children. Afghan aid workers played a crucial role in addressing the plight of mothers.
In the current year, the Afghan midwives employed by the Swiss organization have cared for 48,000 women and newborns throughout the country. Terre des hommes has been working in Afghanistan for 27 years and today employs 167 women, some of whom have been working for more than 20 years. All of these professionals would be prevented from helping the population today. (SDA)