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NZ provides further $3m for Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta. Photo: File

New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.

“There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” says Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta.

The UN has estimated that 80 per cent of the quarter of a million people displaced in Afghanistan since May are women and children.

“With the dangers that women and girls are facing in Afghanistan today, it is more important than ever to support the organisations that are delivering much needed humanitarian assistance and protection,” says Mahuta.

“Aotearoa New Zealand is providing funding to UNICEF and the UN Population Fund. Both of these organisations are addressing urgent needs on the ground with a particular focus on supporting women and children.”

New Zealand has joined two statements supporting the call to ensure the safety and human rights of women and girls; one at the Human Rights Council and the other a joint call by women political leaders to uphold and continue to advance equal rights and opportunities of girls and women in Afghanistan.

New Zealand’s latest support comes after providing $3 million to the Red Cross and the UN Refugee Agency on August 20.

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Aid should be traded for basic Human Rights.

Posted on 13-09-2021 21:55 | By morepork

Minister Mahuta’s kind gesture is simply pointless and naive. Instead of us pouring $millions into a bottomless sinkhole of graft, corruption, and ignorance, ANY contribution we make to Afghanistan should be based on them showing change. For example, we could make aid provisional on specific secular schools being allowed to operate and take female pupils as well as males. Instead of a handout, it should be a trade. And our first concern and priority should be to the Afghans who served with us.

How can anyone...

Posted on 13-09-2021 21:47 | By morepork

... seriously expect the Taliban to change? They are still murdering people and closing schools. I agree with Kancho, we should be trying to help people who worked with our troops and our abandonment of them is shameful. Although the Taliban need the overseas funding and are trying to appear like a "civilized" regime, the fact is that they are like something from the Middle Ages and they are not going to embrace progress and change. The leadership and the men in general have a very good entrenched position and they will not allow it to be usurped by women. It is a mediaeval mindset and it will be at least another 100 years before it starts to erode. The only hope for changing it would be education, and that is why they are vehemently suppressing it. Our $3 million makes no difference.

Sad

Posted on 13-09-2021 17:51 | By Kancho

I would much rather that the government listened to Afghanis who pleaded months ago to be allowed to come here. They helped our troops and now because of that may well be hunted down and they and family killed. This has been going on since our troops left and as recent as two months ago were rejected by the minister of immigration. Not as though it was a surprise as American withdrawal similar debacle in Vietnam went this way too, so where was the contingency planning? it seems the government default position is we will wait and see. Then of course it’s too late, sound familiar. So I feel for the Afghani in hiding that had all their hopes on NZ.

Seriously?

Posted on 13-09-2021 12:19 | By

Does anyone really think that the $3m will go to women and girls in Afghanistan? As for “New Zealand has joined two statements supporting the call to ensure the safety and human rights of women and girls; one at the Human Rights Council and the other a joint call by women political leaders to uphold and continue to advance equal rights and opportunities of girls and women in Afghanistan”, that’s laughable.