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UN Security Council: Plans private meeting to discuss Taliban’s ban on female aid workers

The United Nations Security Council is scheduling a private meeting next week to discuss Afghanistan’s Taliban-led administration ban on female humanitarian aid workers.

The closed-door meeting was requested by the United Arab Emirates and Japan for January 13. The UAE announced the request in a tweet.

The ban on female aid workers was announced by the Islamist Taliban-led administration on December 24.

It followed a ban imposed early last month on women attending universities. Girls were stopped from attending high school in March.

UN aid Chief Martin Griffiths is due to visit Afghanistan in the coming weeks to meet with Taliban officials.

At least four major global groups have suspended operations because they said they were unable to run their programs without female staff members.

The United Nations says 97% of Afghans live in poverty, two-thirds of the population need aid to survive, and 20 million people face acute hunger.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas