Afghanistan’s rulers, the Taliban, on Saturday, 24 December ordered all national and international NGOs to stop their women employees from working after “serious complaints” about their dress code.
The spokesperson of the country’s Ministry of Economy told AFP that the ban followed “serious complaints” about women’s dress code.
A notification sent to all NGOs, a copy of which was obtained by AFP and confirmed by a ministry spokesman, read:
There have been serious complaints regarding the non-observance of the Islamic hijab and other rules and regulations pertaining to the work of females in national and international organisations.
The ministry of economy … instructs all organisations to stop females working until further notice.
Saturday’s order came less than a week after the Minister of Higher Education banned women from attending universities.
Since seizing power in August 2021, the Taliban has progressively imposed harsh restrictions on women.
Afghanistan is the only country on the planet where women are not allowed to go to university. | EWN