- The Taliban ordered women workers in Kabul to stay at home, the Associated Press reported.
- Kabul’s interim mayor Hamdullah Namony made the announcement on Sunday.
- Namony said women whose jobs can’t be replaced by men are authorized to go to work.
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The Taliban has placed new restrictions on women ordering employees in Afghanistan’s capital to stay at home, according to reports.
Kabul’s interim mayor Hamdullah Namony said that women whose jobs cannot be replaced by men are authorized to go to work-for example, those who are attendants in public restrooms, the Associated Press reported.
A final ruling regarding female workers at Kabul municipal departments is currently pending and a salary would still be issued to them, Namony added, according to the Hill.
The Taliban gained control of Afghanistan last month, leaving thousands desperate to flee the country. Concerns were immediately raised on if the militant group would reinforce severe restrictions similar to when they were in power in the 1990s. During that time, women were not allowed to go to school or work and accompanied a male relative when leaving their homes.
The Taliban has posed to be more moderate and said they would respect women’s rights “with Islamic law,” but Afghan women remain skeptical and fearful. Last week alone, the Taliban ordered boys to return to school, but not girls, until they set up a “secure transportation system.” The group has allowed women to attend universities but apart from their male counterparts and they must wear Islamic dress.
Since the takeover, women have been protesting against the group for equal rights. Activists protested on Sunday after the Taliban closed the women’s ministry in Kabul and replaced it with the ministry of virtue and vice.