Afghan women
Afghan burqa-clad women are pictured at a market in Kabul on December 20, 2021. Since then the restricted lifestyle they live under has become even more restricted. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Government condemns Taliban decision to bar women from working in NGOs

Portugal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the decision by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to ban women from working in non-governmental organisations, warning of the serious consequences for the population of that country. “Portugal strongly condemns the Taliban decision to ban women from working in NGOs, which adds to the restrictions on the right to work and education, erasing them from the public space,” the ministry said in a message posted on the social network Twitter; echoing feelings already aired by the wider international community. It was not clear from the directive whether the new ruling also applies to foreign women working in NGOs in the country. “But two foreign NGOs working in the country have confirmed that they have received an official letter informing them of this”, writes the Brussels Times.