The particular Secretary-General reiterates the legal rights of all women to take part in the workforce thus adding to the greater good. The United Nations and its partners, including national and international non-governmental organizations, are assisting more than 28 million Afghans who depend on humanitarian help to survive. The efficient delivery of humanitarian support requires full, safe plus unhindered access for all aid workers, including women. The reported ban on women working with the worldwide community to save lives and livelihoods in Afghanistan may cause further untold hardship within the people of Afghanistan. The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for EL Secretary-General António Guterres: The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the reported order of the de facto Taliban authorities banning women from working for national plus international non-governmental organizations. This decision will challenge the work of numerous organizations functioning across the country helping those most vulnerable, especially women and women.