The Taliban no longer issue driver’s licenses to women. 7 restrictions women face under the new regime
After the Taliban took power in August 2021, Afghans were plunged even deeper into poverty and starvation. More than 3.5 million people are displaced by the conflict and 23 million people face extreme hunger. 55% of the Afghan population does not have enough to eat and 9 million are on the verge of starvation, UNHCR reported.
But, for the Taliban, the issue does not warrant concern because they must first “control” their women. In a final restriction, the Taliban have stopped issuing drivers’ licenses to women, according to the news agency. ANI reported citing Afghan media reports.
Before that, women were seen driving cars in big cities like Kabul.
From restricting their movements to preventing an unmarried woman from boarding a flight, the Taliban has imposed several unwarranted restrictions on women.
Here is a list of 7 restrictions women face under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan
1. A DRESS CODE IN OFFICES
The first restriction imposed by the Taliban on women was the imposition of the Abaya, a garment that covers most of their body, including the face. The women were also instructed to wear gloves to cover their hands. The order was issued on September 5, 2021, nearly six days after the full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan on August 31, 2021.
2. NO TV DRAMA
In November 2021, Taliban officials ordered women not to appear in television dramas and shows. Women journalists were also asked to wear headscarves and cover their hair. The official order included eight new rules, including a ban on films that promote foreign cultural values.
3. DON’T FLY ALONE
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On March 28, 2022, the Taliban ordered Afghanistan Airlines to prevent women from boarding unless accompanied by a male relative. Although the Taliban initially denied this, a letter obtained by AFPconfirmed the restriction.
The letter read: “No female is permitted to fly domestic or international flights without male relatives.” Two travel agencies, AFP contacted also confirmed that they had stopped issuing tickets for women traveling alone.
4. VISIT THE PARKS ONLY 3 DAYS A WEEK
Under the new rules, women can only visit the parks three days a week – Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. While the men will visit the parks the other four days. The order came from the Ministry for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice on March 28, 2022.
5. NO LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL
According to the Taliban, women in Afghanistan will not be allowed to travel long distances unless accompanied by a male relative. This was also promoted in December 2021 by none other than the Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice.
The ordinance also stipulated that vehicle owners must refuse to drive women not wearing a headscarf.
6. NO SCHOOLS FOR GIRLS
The hardest blow came on March 23. Despite assurances days earlier that schools would reopen for girls beyond sixth grade, on the first day of the school year in Afghanistan, female students eager to arrive in class found closed doors and Taliban guards armed.
The reason attributed to it is the lack of female teachers in schools.
7. NO MALE EMPLOYEES
Women in Afghanistan are not allowed to work in a workplace with men. This order was issued by the Taliban within a month of taking power. In September 2021, the Taliban had ordered a ban in Kabul where nearly 27% of the workforce are women.