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Homethe cnbc conversationUNICEF ‘very worried’ about the future for women and children in Afghanistan

UNICEF ‘very worried’ about the future for women and children in Afghanistan

  • "We are very worried about the status of women and children," Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, told CNBC.
  • Asked if UNICEF had been reassured by the Taliban that schools would remain open, Fore said the agency was hoping it would be the case. 

Afghans continue to wait at Kabul International Airport as thousands of Afghans rush to flee the Afghan capital of Kabul, on August 18, 2021.Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

The executive director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, has told CNBC that the agency's "deepest concern" following the withdrawal of U.S. and allied troops from Afghanistan is the impact on children's and women's rights and education. 

Speaking exclusively to CNBC Friday, Fore said some of the other big challenges on the ground in Afghanistan include unaccompanied children and continuing immunization programs for preventable diseases. 

"We are very worried about the status of women and children … we need the women as teachers, as healthcare workers, in children's hospitals as doctors; we need the women to be able to work in the society. We are, as yet, unclear in some areas if that's going to be allowed," she said. 

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