Since taking power, the Taliban have continued to restrict women’s rights. Parks, gyms and universities have been taboo since last year. According to a report, retailers must now close their stores. In addition, a doctor’s visit in a city is only possible to a limited extent.
The Hasht-e Subh newspaper reported on Tuesday that a women-run handicraft market in the southern city of Kandahar had closed. According to local news channel Tolonews, hair salons in the northern city of Pul-e Khumri are closing.
“A member of the vices and virtues department came to tell us that we have a week to leave our shops and stay at home,” a shopkeeper in northern Mazar-i-Sharif told Tolonews. Hairdressers in Pul-e Khumri said the Taliban believed their work violated Sharia, Islamic law. Many hair salons in Afghanistan also offer extensive make-up or beauty treatments.
However, a spokesman for the so-called Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice dismissed the reports to the German press agency as “untrue”.
Taliban back in power since August 2021
The Taliban, who have been back in power since August 2021, are being criticized internationally for their massive curtailment of women’s rights. Girls’ schools from group 7 have been closed in large parts of the country and it has also been taboo for women to go to university since December.
In November, parks and gyms were also forced to close their doors to women. At the end of December, women were banned from working for non-governmental organisations. In particular, the ban on education leads time and again to demonstrations in Afghanistan.
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