The so-called Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Preventing Sin has called on Afghan TV channels to impose a dress code from Saturday. Previously, female television journalists had to wear only a headscarf.
However, TOLOnews, Shamshad TV and 1TV all broadcast live shows in which the faces of the presenters were not covered. “Our female colleagues are worried that if they do a nap of their faces now, the next step is for them to be asked to stop working,” Shamshad TV editor-in-chief Abed Ehsas told AFP.
A ministry spokesman warned on Saturday that the women risked being fired if they did not comply with the order. In addition, men are also at risk of losing their jobs if their wives or daughters are against the dress code.
At the beginning of this month, a decree was issued regarding Afghan women I was ordered to wear a burqa in publicjust as it happened during the first Taliban regime between 1996 and 2001. During that regime, women were also not allowed to work or go to school.
All kinds of restrictions have been reimposed on women in Afghanistan, especially at the local level.
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