Baerbock went on to say that the exclusion of women from work, education, and public life is a step towards ruining the progress of the country.
“Those who exclude women and girls from work, education, and public life not only ruin their country. Gender-based persecution can also be a crime against humanity. We are committed to a strong response from the international community,” Annalena Baerbock added.
The Taliban on Saturday ordered all local and foreign non-governmental organizations to stop female employees from coming to work in the country. The Taliban-led Ministry of Economy (MOE) ordered all national and international NGOs to suspend the jobs of female employees until further notice, ANI reported citing TOLOnews.
The announcement came just days after the Taliban banned female students from attending universities.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern about the ban imposed by the Taliban on women from working for national and international NGOs.
“The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the reported order of the de facto Taliban authorities banning women from working for national and international non-governmental organizations,” said Secretary-General Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric in a statement.
“This decision will undermine the work of numerous organizations working across the country helping those most vulnerable, especially women and girls,” he added.
According to this news, the United Nations and its partners, including national and international NGOs, are helping more than 28 million Afghans who depend on humanitarian aid to survive.