Afghan women are not allowed to board the plane unless accompanied by a male relative. The Taliban government has instructed the country’s airlines to do so. This measure applies to domestic and foreign flights, but it is unclear whether it also affects foreign women.
The Islamic fundamentalists had already decided over the weekend not to allow men and women to visit parks in the capital, Kabul, on the same day. On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, it is open to women only, and the rest of the week to men. Also, local stations are no longer allowed to broadcast BBC newscasts in local languages. Deutsche Welle It states that Afghan partners are no longer allowed to broadcast material from that German international channel.
Male government employees were ordered to wear beards and certain clothing, for fear of expulsion. They should also pray at the appropriate times. According to the sources, employees of the Ministry of Virtue Promotion are checking that the rules are followed.
The rights of women and girls have been radically stripped since the Taliban took power last August. They have promised a more lenient policy than during their previous tenure from 1996 to 2001, but all kinds of restrictions are being reimposed, especially at the local level.
Schools are closed
Women in Afghanistan are denied education and government jobs, and the dress code is based on a strict interpretation of the Qur’an. Girls’ high schools were due to open for the first time since the summer, but that was reflected in the international community’s dismay. Afghan women’s rights activists have announced measures if schools will also stop educating girls next week.
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