Taliban orders all of Afghanistan’s hair and beauty salons to close

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Published Jul 5, 2023 at 02:17 PM

Reading time: 1 minute

In a distressing blow to the already dwindling rights of women in Afghanistan, the Taliban has issued a directive ordering the closure of all beauty salons in the country. The move, seen as another oppressive step by the extremist group, further restricts women’s freedoms and exacerbates the country’s ongoing economic crisis.

On Tuesday 4 July 2023, the spokesperson for the Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Propagation of Virtue, Muhammad Sadiq Akif, declared that “the deadline for the closing of beauty parlours for women is one month” and that “violators of the edict will face legal action.”

Makeup artists denounced the latest curtailment of women’s rights as draconian and warned it would worsen the difficulties faced by families confronting Afghanistan’s spiralling economic crisis. “The new ruling is shocking for me and many other make-up artists. We earn hand to mouth amidst high inflation and now we are facing a situation where our families will die of starvation,” an interviewee in the capital, Kabul, told The Telegraph.

Draconian measures are thwarting economic stability in Afghanistan

With Afghanistan already grappling with an economic crisis, many families rely on the income generated by beauty establishments to make ends meet. The new ruling has left makeup artists and beauticians in a state of distress, foreseeing dire consequences for their families’ well-being.

The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has resulted in a significant setback for women’s rights. They have taken steps to limit women’s freedom by closing girls’ high schools, barring them from universities, and imposing restrictions on their activities in gyms and parks.

The oppressive measures enforced by the extremist group have impeded the country’s economic recovery efforts, leading to soaring food prices and widespread unemployment as well as skyrocketing poverty levels and erasure of job opportunities.

In yet another blow, the group has barred women from participating in humanitarian work, leading to the suspension of crucial aid programs by the United Nations (UN). Tens of thousands of female aid workers, who play a vital role in providing assistance to vulnerable communities, have been forced out of their jobs. Afghan women, who have fought tirelessly for their rights and empowerment, find themselves once again silenced and marginalised.

The current situation in Afghanistan demands immediate international attention and support to restore the hard-fought progress that has been shattered, a problem exacerbated by a Western invasion of the country following 9/11.

Keep On Reading

By Jack Ramage

Four ways you can help the people of Afghanistan right now

By Sofia Gallarate

3 ways we can fight for women’s rights all year round (not just on IWD)

By Monica Athnasious

As violence against women continues to rise in the UK, roofies are making a dreaded comeback

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Tayo Awoderu, player 107 in Squid Game: The Challenge, shares his behind-the-scenes experience

By Charlie Sawyer

Tucker Carlson pranked by YouTuber pretending to be Kate Middleton whistleblower 

By Charlie Sawyer

25-year-old Republican politician tells Americans not to be weak or gay in campaign video

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Dakota Johnson fails to name a single Tom Holland Spider-Man movie during Madame Web promo

By Abby Amoakuh

RuPaul’s new online bookstore Allstore removes anti-trans and far-right books following controversy

By Abby Amoakuh

Gen Zers are locked into career echo chambers. Here’s how to get out of them

By Charlie Sawyer

Kim Kardashian faces backlash for shocking two word response to Palestine protester

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Annie Leibovitz’s Zendaya Vogue shoot reignites call for Black photographers

By Charlie Sawyer

Kinky, colourful, and queer: Why Chappell Roan is the most exciting thing in pop since Lady Gaga

By Charlie Sawyer

Introducing Gag City, the AI universe created by Barbz to celebrate Nick Minaj’s album Pink Friday 2

By Charlie Sawyer

O.J. Simpson dies at the age of 76 following a battle with cancer 

By Abby Amoakuh

What is National Rape Day, the TikTok manosphere’s most enduring and disturbing idea?

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Meet Edward and Natalie Ortega, the parents of Wednesday actress Jenna Ortega

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Macklemore slams Kendrick Lamar and Drake’s beef in new Pro-Palestine song

By Abby Amoakuh

As cities wage a war on wee, the UK public toilet crisis intensifies

By Abby Amoakuh

21-year-old mistakes terminal cancer for normal back pain and dies within days

By Charlie Sawyer

Dwayne Johnson revokes Joe Biden endorsement. Wait, is The Rock running for president?