World Vision Afghanistan temporarily suspends operations and expresses bitter disappointment at decision to ban women from working at NGOs

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  • World Vision Afghanistan to suspend operations and assess impact of ban.
  • World Vision calls on the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to reverse their decision to ban Afghan women from working at NGOs.
  • World Vision began emergency relief operations in Afghanistan in 2001.
Children in Afghanistan will suffer from the ban on women in NGOs.
(December 28, 2022)
World Vision, one of the world’s leading child-focused NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), has released a statement calling on the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to reverse their decision to ban Afghan women from working at NGOs. While it remains unclear how this ban will impact World Vision Afghanistan’s programming, a decision has been made to temporarily suspend operations to ascertain the impact on the organization.

Asuntha Charles, National Director of World Vision Afghanistan, says:
“This decision is not in the interest of the people of Afghanistan. With the current humanitarian crisis gripping all of Afghanistan, we need more people working in NGOs to help alleviate the situation here, not less. This decision will only significantly worsen the reality here. Every individual, regardless of gender, should have the same opportunity to work for humanitarian aid and development organizations, or any industry.

“Whilst all Afghans will be detrimentally impacted by this, women and girls who benefit from gender and culturally sensitive NGO programming will be disproportionately affected by this decision. World Vision Afghanistan call on Afghanistan’s de facto authorities to reconsider the scale of the damage this decision will have and reverse it immediately.

“World Vision Afghanistan will be temporarily suspending operations whilst we ascertain the scale of impact this will have on our ability to deliver our life-saving work, on which millions of Afghans depend.”
World Vision began emergency relief operations in Afghanistan in 2001, addressing humanitarian needs of children and their families affected by conflict and natural disaster. Over 20 years later, World Vision Afghanistan continues to partner with communities to provide humanitarian response alongside early recovery, resilience and development initiatives in the western provinces of Herat, Ghor, Badghis and Faryab. World Vision Afghanistan programming prioritizes maternal and child health, nutrition, WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene), livelihood and food security, education, child protection and multi-purpose cash programming. World Vision works in collaboration with communities holistically to respond, comprehensively meet basic needs, and promote recovery, resilience and community development.
Additional resources, including photos and video of our work in Afghanistan are available upon request. Please contact Lisa Baldock at 519-870-2465.

Afghanistan: A Children’s Crisis provides an analysis of recent data on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and combines it with new primary research from four provinces – Herat, Ghor, Faryab and Badghis – along with the testimonies of children and their families, who describe, in their own words, how the worsening situation in Afghanistan is impacting them.
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