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Taliban forbid Afghan women to travel long distances without being accompanied


The recommendation, published by the dreaded Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice and which circulated on social networks, also calls on drivers to accept women in their vehicle only if they wear the Islamic veil.

This new order fundamentally goes […] further in this direction which makes women prisoners, commented for theFrance Media Agency Heather Barr, from the NGO Human Rights Watch.

We see more and more every day who the Taliban really are, what their views on women’s rights are, and it really is a very, very dark picture.

A quote from Heather Barr, Human Rights Watch

Other recommendations issued by the ministry include the ban on listening to music in vehicles.

It was not immediately clear how well these recommendations would be implemented in the country, but on Saturday, the Taliban had erected roadblocks in parts of the capital to inform motorists.

The Taliban also did not specify what they mean by Islamic veil, whether it is a simple scarf, already worn by the majority of Afghan women, or a more covering veil.

This directive comes a few weeks after the ministry asked Afghan televisions not to broadcast any more soap operas and series in which women play, and ensure that women journalists wear the islamic veil on the screen.

Two women wearing headscarves in a radio studio in Afghanistan.

Station manager Saba Chaman (right) and her colleague at a Radio Begum studio in Kabul.

Photo: Getty Images / HECTOR RETAMAL

However, rare signs of goodwill have been seen. In several provinces, local authorities have agreed to reopen middle and high schools to girls, even though many of them across the country still cannot attend.

Earlier in December, a decree on behalf of the movement’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, called on the government to enforce women’s rights without, however, mentioning the right to education.

On Sunday, the Afghan Minister of Higher Education, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, affirmed that the Islamic Emirate (name used by the Taliban to designate their government, Editor’s note) was not against the education of women, but against co-education boys and girls together.

We are working to build an Islamic environment in which women could study […] It might take a while, he told reporters, without giving any delay.

During the first Taliban regime, women could not leave their homes without being accompanied by a male chaperone or wearing the burqa. They were also not allowed to work or study.

Respect for women’s rights is one of the conditions demanded by donors for the resumption of international aid to Afghanistan.

One of the poorest countries in the world, it is on the brink of economic collapse andUnited Nations Organization warned against a avalanche of hunger future, estimating that 22 million of the estimated 40 million Afghans are at risk of food shortages acute this winter.

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