Switzerland is sticking to help despite the ban on women
Despite the ban on women in aid organizations, Switzerland remains committed to humanitarian work in Afghanistan. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (Deza) is currently clarifying how it can use the budget of CHF 30 million most efficiently.
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For Patricia Danzi, Director of the Agency for Development and Cooperation, there is no question that women should not be allowed to continue working for Deza in Afghanistan. (archive image)
“Now that it’s most difficult, they need us the most,” said Deza boss Patricia Danzi in an interview with “NZZ am Sonntag”. It is central that women can continue to work for aid organizations.
It is therefore possible that some of the money will be used more in regions to which Afghans have fled, such as Pakistan.
The Swiss Deza office will continue to work from Pakistan. According to Danzi, the return of the office to the Afghan capital Kabul is subject to conditions such as regular commercial flights and functioning medical care. The house in Kabul is still standing. “The Taliban put a note on the door saying that our diplomatic mission is not allowed to be entered,” Danzi said.
After the Taliban called for women to be banned from the work of non-governmental organizations, several Swiss aid organizations expressed concern. These include the children’s charity Terre des hommes. Midwives, doctors and social workers would be prevented from working, the aid organization announced at the end of December. (SDA)