Taliban Implements Ban on Beauty Salons

Taliban Implements Ban on Beauty Salons

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Afghan women stage a protest for their rights at a beauty salon in the Shahr-e-Naw area of Kabul on July 19, 2023. Afghanistan's Taliban authorities have ordered beauty parlours across the country to shut within a month, the vice ministry confirmed the latest curb to squeeze women out of public life. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Recently, the Taliban made headlines by imposing a ban on beauty salons in the areas under their control. This decision has raised concerns about the impact on women’s rights and freedoms.
The ban is seen as part of the Taliban’s efforts to assert their authority and enforce a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Women, who previously had access to beauty services and cosmetics, are now facing limitations on their personal choices and appearance.
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The move has triggered protests and condemnation from human rights organizations, both within Afghanistan and globally. Critics argue that such restrictions hinder women’s empowerment and self-expression, undoing the progress made in recent years.
As the situation continues to evolve, many are closely watching how this ban will affect Afghan women and their right to make choices about their bodies and appearances. The international community is putting pressure on the matter, leading to discussions about safeguarding women’s rights and freedoms amidst the changing political landscape in Afghanistan.
The United Nations has also expressed its concern over the ban and is engaged in discussions with the authorities in Afghanistan to reverse this decision. The UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) took to Twitter, urging the Taliban to reconsider the edict, emphasizing that this restriction on women’s rights will have a negative impact on the economy and contradicts the Taliban’s stated support for women entrepreneurship.
One of the salon owners, who chose to remain anonymous due to fear of reprisals, shared her distressing situation. She is the sole breadwinner for her family after her husband was killed in a car bombing in 2017. On a daily basis, eight to twelve women visit her salon in Kabul, making it clear how the ban affects their livelihoods.
Despite initial promises of a more moderate rule compared to their previous governance in the 1990s, the Taliban has implemented strict measures since seizing control of Afghanistan in August 2021. Women have been barred from public spaces such as parks and gyms, and media freedoms have been severely curtailed. These actions have resulted in widespread international condemnation, further isolating the country and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis amid a collapsed economy.

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