Situation in Afghanistan

Taliban bans long-distance travels for women not accompanied by a male relative

by Vestnik Kavkaza

The Taliban (the movement banned in Russia) have said Afghan women seeking to travel long distances by road should be offered transport only if accompanied by a male relative.

The latest directive, issued by the Taliban’s Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said women travelling for more than 72km should be accompanied by a close male family member.

The document calls on vehicle owners to refuse rides to women not wearing Islamic head or face coverings, although it does not say which type of covering to use. Most Afghan women already wear headscarves. It also bans the playing of music in vehicles.

Since taking power following the departure of U.S. and allied forces, the Taliban have told most female workers to stay at home while secondary schools are open only to boys and male teachers.

The Taliban say the restrictions are “temporary” and only in place to ensure all workplaces and learning environments are “safe” for women and girls. During their previous rule in the 1990s, women were barred from education and the workplace, BBC reported.

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