March 29, 2023

According to official in Kabul, the Taliban are banning women from using gyms and parks in Afghanistan.This was disclosed on Thursday.

They had also banned girls from middle school and high school, despite initial promises to the contrary, restricted women from most fields of employment, and ordered them to wear head-to-toe clothing in public.A spokesman from the ministry of virtue and vice said the ban was being introduced because people were ignoring gender segregation orders and women were not wearing the required headscarf or hijab.

The ban on women using gyms and parks came into force this week, according to Mohammed Akef Mohajer, a Taliban-appointed spokesman for the ministry of vice and virtue.“The group has tried its best over the past 15 months to avoid closing parks and gyms for women, ordering separate days of the week for male and female access or imposing gender segregation,but unfortunately, the orders were not obeyed and the rules were violated, and we had to close parks and gyms for women,” said Mohajer.

The Taliban overran the country last year, seizing power in August 2021.The religious group’s latest edict cracking down on women’s rights and freedoms since they took power more than a year ago.

Marvelous Ogidi

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