Taliban orders Afghanistan's beauty salons to close in latest crackdown on women's rights


This move is part of a series of escalating restrictions imposed on women since the Taliban seized power in 2021.

The Vice and Virtue Ministry  spokesperson confirmed that businesses were given a one-month deadline to comply, starting from July 2 when they were initially informed of the decision.

Despite international condemnation and widespread protests by women and activists, the Taliban continues to tighten its grip on women’s rights.

An Afghan woman speaking to the media said, “The Taliban are taking away the most basic human rights from Afghan women. They are violating women’s rights… They are trying to eliminate women at every level of public life.”

The decision to close beauty salons not only deprives women of livelihoods but also eliminates a space where women could serve and empower each other.

-CBS News

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