Foreign Minister Nanaiah Mahuta said on Monday that New Zealand is providing another USD 2 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. “While there is significant humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, women and girls are being adversely affected by this crisis,” Mahuta said in a statement.
According to reports, the United Nations has estimated that 80 percent of the one million people displaced in Afghanistan since May are women and children. “With the threats women and girls face in Afghanistan today, it is more important than ever to support organizations that are providing much-needed humanitarian aid and protection,” Mahuta said. New Zealand is offering funding to the United Nations Population Fund. The Minister said that both these organizations are meeting the urgent needs at the grassroots level with special focus on supporting women and children.
New Zealand has joined two statements supporting calls 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 advance equal rights and opportunities , He said. .