The Taliban militia group sent a letter to Sergio de Mello, the United Nationís humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, stating that they would no longer allow foreign Muslim women in the country unless accompanied by a close male relative. If the new law is enforced, U.N. programs for women and girls could face enormous setbacks.
The United Nations had been increasing the number of Muslim women working in Afghanistan. U.N. officials had believed that the women would be more accepted by the Taliban.
Although Mello wrote his own letter protesting the decree, no response has been received.
3/10/2014 Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide - The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
Overall, there was a 1.5 percentage increase last year in the number of women holding seats in government worldwide. . . .