Afghan Women Must Cover Their Faces In Public Under Taliban Law

On Saturday, the Taliban government ordered that all women must cover their faces while out in public. This is the first time in over twenty years women will be forced to cover up. 

Women who do not obey the new law could lead to their father or close male relative losing his state job or being imprisoned. 

The minister for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice stated:

“We call on the world to co-operate with the Islamic Emirate and people of Afghanistan … Don’t bother us. Don’t bring more pressure, because history is witness, Afghans won’t be affected by pressure.”

The leaders announced the new covering would be the head-to-toe blue burqa women were forced to wear the last time the Taliban was in power.

The United Nation’s Mission to Afghanistan released this statement upon hearing the ruling:

“UNAMA will immediately request meetings with the Taliban de facto authorities to seek clarification on the status of this decision. UNAMA will also engage in consultations with members of the international community regarding its implications.”

The Secretary-General of the UN tweeted, “I once again urge the Taliban to keep their promises to Afghan women & girls and their obligations under international human rights law.”

Women must only leave home as a matter of necessity and cannot travel internationally without a male guardian. Many women have also been barred from the workplace. 

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