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Taliban: Women banned from gyms in Afghanistan

The Taliban 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
The Taliban overran the country last year, seizing power in August 2021.
The Taliban overran the country last year, seizing power in August 2021.
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AP/PTI   |   Kabul   |   Published 11.11.22, 12:57 AM

The Taliban are banning women from using gyms in Afghanistan, an official in Kabul said on Thursday, the religious group’s latest edict cracking down on women’s rights and freedoms since they took power more than a year ago.

The Taliban overran the country last year, seizing power in August 2021.

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They have 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.

Women are also banned from parks.

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, he said.

“But, unfortunately, the orders were not obeyed and the rules were violated, and we had to close parks and gyms for women,” said Mahjer. 



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