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women banned from journeys of more than 72 km without a male companion – RT in French
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Women traveling more than 72 kilometers “cannot make the trip if they are not accompanied by a close family member,” said the Afghan ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

New restrictions for women in Afghanistan, which further undermine the promises of the Taliban when they took power in August. They announced on December 26 that women wishing to travel long distances should now be accompanied by a man from their close family.

The recommendation, published by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, also calls on drivers to accept women in their vehicles only if they wear the “Islamic veil”. “Women traveling more than 45 miles [72 kilomètres] cannot make the trip if they are not accompanied by a close family member, ”said ministry spokesman Sadeq Akif Muhajir, adding that the accompanying person must be a man.

This directive comes a few weeks after the ministry’s request to Afghan televisions to stop broadcasting “soap operas and series in which women” play, and to ensure that women journalists wear “the Islamic veil” on the screen. The Taliban do not specify what they mean by “Islamic veil”, whether it is a simple headscarf, already worn by the majority of Afghan women, or a more covering veil.

Concessions always hoped for

Since coming to power in August, they have imposed various restrictions on women and girls, despite initial promises that they would be less strict than during their first reign (1996-2001). In several provinces, local authorities have agreed to reopen schools for girls, although many of them still cannot attend. Earlier in December, a decree on behalf of the Supreme Leader called on the government to enforce women’s rights, but the decree did not address the right to education.

Activists hope that the Taliban’s efforts to gain recognition by the international community and once again receive much-needed aid in the country will lead them to make concessions. In the late 1990s, the Taliban made it compulsory for women to wear the burqa. They could only leave their homes when accompanied by a man and were prohibited from working and studying.

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