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Hi, Michelle here. Today we hear about the UN grappling with the Taliban’s jarring restrictions on women’s rights after Afghanistan's rulers extended a ban on female workers to the world body.

We also look at what’s behind an initiative aimed at rethinking aid, kept pretty much under wraps so far, and wonder whether the next health crisis is just around the corner.

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Michelle Langrand


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Mothers wait to receive help and check-up at a clinic run by the WFP in Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 January 2023. Malnutrition levels have soared in the country, while a Taliban ban on female NGO staff hinders aid distribution efforts. (Keystone/AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

UN Afghan staff told to stay home as Taliban signals UN female ban. The UN asked its 3,200 workers, both male and female, not to come to work for two days, following an announcement by the Taliban that female workers would be barred from working at the United Nations. UN officials were due to meet with foreign ministry officials on Wednesday to ask for clarifications.

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