UN / AFGHANISTAN FEMALE STAFF

04-Apr-2023 00:03:03
“UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, received word of an order by the de facto authorities that bans female national staff members of the United Nations from working,” a UN spokesperson said. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / AFGHANISTAN FEMALE STAFF
TRT: 03:03
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 4 APRIL 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters flag alley

4 APRIL 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our colleagues on the ground at the UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, received word of an order by the de facto authorities that bans female national staff members of the United Nations from working.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are still looking into how this development would affect our operations in the country and we expect to have more meetings with the de facto authorities tomorrow in Kabul, on which we are trying to seek some clarity.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“That being said, for the Secretary-General any such ban would be unacceptable and frankly inconceivable. This is the latest in a disturbing trend undermining the ability of aid organizations to reach those most in need.
It goes without saying, but unfortunately, it does need saying, that female staff are essential for the United Nations to deliver life-saving assistance. Such orders, as we saw today, violate the fundamental rights of women and infringe upon the principle of non-discrimination. Female staff members are essential to ensure the continuation of the UN operations on the ground in Afghanistan.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And just to give you a bit of an idea of the scope of the needs, out of a population of about 40 million people in Afghanistan, we are trying to reach 23 million men women and children with humanitarian aid. We will continue to pursue all avenues to ensure that we can reach the most vulnerable people, especially women and girls.”
10. Wide shot, briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“You may have seen in our last report from the mission, we laid out pretty clearly, our fears that this would actually come out. What is clear is that we cannot do it without women. The women are the backbone of our humanitarian operations there. We have almost 4000 staff members, about 3300 of those are local, national staff. I'm trying to get the gender breakdown, but obviously, given the society and the culture, you need women to deliver aid to women. So we are staying in close contact and engaging with the de facto authorities.”
12. Wide shot, briefing room
13. Med shot, journalists
STORYLINE
“UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, received word of an order by the de facto authorities that bans female national staff members of the United Nations from working,” a UN spokesperson said.

Briefing journalists today (04 Apr) in New York, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said, “We are still looking into how this development would affect our operations in the country and we expect to have more meetings with the de facto authorities tomorrow in Kabul, on which we are trying to seek some clarity.”

He also added, “That being said, for the Secretary-General any such ban would be unacceptable and frankly inconceivable. This is the latest in a disturbing trend undermining the ability of aid organizations to reach those most in need.”

Dujarric continued, “It goes without saying, but unfortunately, it does need saying, that female staff are essential for the United Nations to deliver life-saving assistance. Such orders, as we saw today, violate the fundamental rights of women and infringe upon the principle of non-discrimination. Female staff members are essential to ensure the continuation of the UN operations on the ground in Afghanistan.”

According to Dujarric, “out of a population of about 40 million people in Afghanistan, we are trying to reach 23 million men women and children with humanitarian aid.”

He stressed, “We will continue to pursue all avenues to ensure that we can reach the most vulnerable people, especially women and girls.”

Answering questions about the limitations for female staff, Dujarric said, “What is clear is that we cannot do it without women. The women are the backbone of our humanitarian operations there.”

The Spokesperson explained, “We have almost 4000 staff members, about 3300 of those are local, national staff. I'm trying to get the gender breakdown, but obviously, given the society and the culture, you need women to deliver aid to women.”

Dujarric concluded, “we are staying in close contact and engaging with the de facto authorities.”
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