Afghanistan

Seven Taliban orders to eliminate and restrict women

Seven Taliban orders to eliminate and restrict women during their ten months in power in Afghanistan

1. On November 21, 2021, the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice banned the role of women in television plays in an eight-point instruction. The guidelines also include broadcasting news by unveiled women (without black clothes and burqa), broadcasting imported films and series contrary to Islamic and Afghan principles, entertainment and criticism programs of personalities and the government, publishing half-naked pictures of men, and pictures of Prophets and their Companions banned from Afghan visual media.

2. The Taliban issued the first decree on women’s rights on December 3, 2021. In this decree of Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada to women; The right of girls to consent to marriage, to prevent the abuse of girls, the independence of women after the death of their husbands, the right of inheritance, the right to alimony and mahr of women, and the observance of women’s rights by polygamous men issued a special decree. But did not mention women’s participation, work and education rights.

3. At the beginning of the 2022 school year, the Taliban did not allow female students to attend upper secondary school and postponed its start until further notice.

4. In January 2022, the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice of the Taliban ordered taxi drivers in Kabul not to ride in taxis women without wearing black clothes and burqas and women without Mahram (accompanied by a man relative), and also warned taxi drivers to grow beards and not to play music and stop their vehicles during the call to prayer.

5. On May 22, 2022, the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice banned the printing presses from publishing posters and magazines with live photos of women and men in Herat province.

6. On May 7, 2022, the Taliban in a press conference forced Afghan women to observe the hijab (wearing black clothes and burqa). In a multi-article decree, women were forced to observe the hijab and threatened with punishment if they disobeyed. The decree stressed that the house of unveiled women should be identified first, and her family should be warned. In the second stage, her parents will be imprisoned for three days, and in the third stage, her parents will be punished and imprisoned by Taliban courts for not observing the hijab by their daughters.

7. On May 19, 2022, the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice sent an official letter to the visual media obliging female performers to cover their faces or wear black masks.

Prepared by: Latifa Sadat Mosavi

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