The Taliban administration in Afghanistan has ordered all local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to prevent their female employees from coming to work, according to a letter from the Ministry of Economy sent to all authorized NGOs.
Failure to comply will result in the revocation of the licenses of these NGOs, the ministry said.
The ministry in the letter – the validity of which was confirmed to CNN by its spokesman Abdul Rahman Habib – cites as reasons for the decision the non-observance of Islamic dress standards and other laws and regulations of the Islamic Emirate.
“Recently there have been serious complaints regarding non-compliance with the Islamic hijab and other laws and regulations of the Islamic Emirate,” the letter said, adding that as a result “guidance has been given to suspend the work of all female employees of national and international non-governmental organizations”. . . ”
Earlier this week, the Taliban government suspended university education for all female students in Afghanistan.
A spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education confirmed the university’s suspension to CNN on Tuesday. A letter released by the education ministry said the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting and the order would come into effect immediately.
In a televised news conference on Thursday, the Taliban’s higher education minister said they had banned women from universities for not observing Islamic dress codes and other “Islamic values”, citing female students traveling without a male guardian . The move sparked outrage among women in Afghanistan.
It marks another step in the Taliban’s brutal crackdown on Afghan women’s freedoms, following the hardline Islamist group’s takeover of the country in August 2021.
While the Taliban has repeatedly claimed it would protect the rights of girls and women, it has in fact done the opposite, stripping away the freedoms they have fought tirelessly for over the past two decades.
Some of its most striking restrictions have been around education, with girls being banned from returning to secondary schools in March. The move devastated many students and their families, who described to CNN their shattered dreams of becoming doctors, teachers or engineers.