Femena: Right, Peace, Inclusion

Femena: Right, Peace, Inclusion
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Statement of Concern: Impact of Flash Floods on Women and Children in Northern Afghanistan

The recent flash floods in northern Afghanistan have resulted in the tragic loss of 300 lives, with women and children bearing the brunt of the devastation. While extending our heartfelt condolences to the affected families, Femena is deeply troubled by the significant barriers hindering women’s access to essential humanitarian services, exacerbated by Taliban ban on women’s employment in NGOs.

In conversations with numerous women in Baghlan, we have learned of their dire circumstances, including the lack of adequate access to humanitarian assistance, hygiene products, and essential healthcare services. 

“Countless women and children have been swept away by the floods. Those who survived are now homeless, finding themselves on the streets and in desperate need of life-saving assistance.” – Marjan, Activist, Baghlan Province

Women, particularly lactating and pregnant mothers, as well as children, are disproportionately affected by these challenges. With women unable to contribute to the delivery of humanitarian services, the impact of such incidents is even more devastating. In response to this urgent situation, Femena calls for:

  • Immediate and unconditional reversal of the ban on women’s employment across all sectors.
  • Immediate and equitable access for women to humanitarian aid and healthcare services.
  • Enhanced monitoring and reporting on the distribution of aid and humanitarian assistance to ensure equitable access for women and marginalized communities.

Femena remains committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of all Afghan women and marginalized communities.