Afghanistan

Taliban forces women to cover their faces in public

The Taliban terrorists have ordered women in Afghanistan to cover up head to toe and only go outdoors in the company of male chaperones, intensifying the worst aspects of the misogynistic rule they displayed their first time in power and which they vowed not to repeat this time.

A decree issued Saturday by the Taliban’s Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice—which replaced the Ministry of Women’s Affairs—seems designed to finally ensure that women disappear from public life.

It comes as the country faces economic and humanitarian disaster, with millions of people facing hunger and unemployment.

The US State Department said it was “deeply troubled by recent steps the Taliban have taken directed at women and girls, including restrictions on education and travel.” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “alarmed.” The European Union expressed “concern.” The U.N.’s Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said it was “deeply concerned.”

Afghanistan is now the only country in the world that forces women to cover themselves entirely in public.
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