Afghan authorities recommend that all women wear the burqa – 5Pillars

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Afghan authorities have recommended that all women wear the burqa with a face covering in public.

Sources in Afghanistan told 5Pillars that the edict will only be binding on civil servants for now and remains a recommendation for other women in society.

“They should wear a chadori (head-to-toe burqa) as it is traditional and respectful,” said a decree issued by the head of the Islamic emirate Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada which was issued by authorities during a reception in Kabul on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice read Sheikh Akhunzada’s decree at a press conference, saying a woman’s father or closest male relative would be visited and possibly imprisoned or fired from government jobs if she failed to do so. cover his face outside the house.

The spokesperson added that the ideal face covering is the burqa. Most women in Afghanistan wear headscarves, but many in urban areas, such as Kabul, do not cover their faces.

Since coming to power last August, the Islamic Emirate has tolerated women who do not observe the hijab properly, even though it is against Islamic law.

However, the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice announced a few months ago that women could not travel more than 72 km (45 miles) without a close male relative.

This has been expanded to include overseas travel, and several women traveling alone have reportedly been prevented from boarding flights.

Girls’ education also remains a thorny issue in Afghanistan. Currently, girls are educated at the primary level and women at the university level. However, only private schools enroll girls at the secondary level, with the exception of a few provinces.

The United States and other countries have cut development aid and imposed tough sanctions on the banking system since the IEA took power in August, pushing the country toward economic ruin.

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