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Taliban-run Kabul municipali­ty tells female workers to stay home

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KABUL, Afghanista­n — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanista­n’s capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictio­ns on women by the new Taliban rulers.

Witnesses, meanwhile, said an explosion targeted a Taliban vehicle in the eastern provincial city of Jalalabad, and hospital officials said five people were killed in the second such deadly blast in as many days in the Islamic State stronghold.

The decision to prevent most female city workers from returning to their jobs is another sign that the Taliban, who overran Kabul last month, are enforcing their harsh interpreta­tion of Islam despite initial promises by some that they would be tolerant and inclusive. In their previous rule in the 1990s, the Taliban had barred girls and women from schools, jobs and public life.

In recent days, the new Taliban government issued several decrees rolling back the rights of girls and women. It told female middle- and high school students that they could not return to school for the time being, while boys in those grades resumed studies this weekend. Female university students were

informed that studies would take place in gender-segregated settings from now on, and that they must abide by a strict Islamic dress code. Under the U.S.-backed government deposed by the Taliban, university studies had been co-ed, for the most part.

On Friday, the Taliban shut down the Women’s Affairs

Ministry, replacing it with a ministry for the “propagatio­n of virtue and the prevention of vice“and tasked with enforcing Islamic law.

On Sunday, just over a dozen women staged a protest outside the ministry, holding up signs calling for the participat­ion of women in public life. “A society in which women are not active is

(sic) dead society,“one sign read.

The protest lasted for about 10 minutes. After a short verbal confrontat­ion with a man, the women got into cars and left, as Taliban in two cars observed from nearby. Over the past months, Taliban fighters had broken up several women’s protests by force.

 ?? / Associated Press ?? Women march to demand their rights under the Taliban rule during a demonstrat­ion near the former Women's Affairs Ministry building in Kabul, Afghanista­n, on Sunday. The interim mayor of Afghanista­n’s capital said Sunday that many female city employees have been ordered to stay home by the country’s new Taliban rulers.
/ Associated Press Women march to demand their rights under the Taliban rule during a demonstrat­ion near the former Women's Affairs Ministry building in Kabul, Afghanista­n, on Sunday. The interim mayor of Afghanista­n’s capital said Sunday that many female city employees have been ordered to stay home by the country’s new Taliban rulers.

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