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Hair and beauty salons in Afghanistan have one month to shut down from the day the notices were handed out on 2 July.

This is according to a Vice and Virtue Ministry spokesperson.

This is the latest setback in women’s freedom rights in the country. Since the Taliban took back power in 2021, women and teenage girls have been banned from classrooms, gyms and parks.

Recently, women have also been banned from working for the United Nations.

This isn’t the first time that hair and beauty salons are ordered to shut down in the country. The last time the Taliban was in power between 1996 and 2001, they were closed completely. Salons only opened again when the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

Some of the other laws put into place by the Taliban after the United States left Afghanistan, were that women should be dressed in such a way that only their eyes are revealed, and if they are to travel more than 72 kilometres, they should be accompanied by a male relative.

Although several countries and activists have made their voices heard about the inhuman way women are treated in Afghanistan, nothing has been done about it as women continue to suffer.

Image credit: Reuters

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