Afghanistan: Taliban orders UNAMA female staff to wear the hijab

KABUL: The Taliban-led administration has ordered women, staff members of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), to wear the hijab. According to Khaama Press, the order  was issued by the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

A group of Taliban officials from the Ministry indicated in a UNAMA statement that female employees should consider wearing the hijab when reporting to work. The Ministry's staff will also stand outside the UN office to "check if hijab is worn or not," according to the statement.

If a female employee is spotted without a hijab, they will "politely" tell her that she must wear it outside, as per reports.  In addition, the Ministry has erected a banner outside the UN building encouraging women to wear the "hijab."
The Ministry, which had just ordered that the hijab be made mandatory, stated that the Chadari or Burqa was the best type in the mandate.

"The Taliban say that new women's dress guidelines are "advice," but they are making them mandatory for Afghan women working at the United Nations." Human Rights Watch's Associate Director of Women's Rights, Heather Barr, tweeted.

Despite Taliban restrictions, Barr asked UNAMA to show "how it will secure its colleagues' safety and freedom."  Barr shared a photo of the billboard, which includes examples of hijab such as a black layered niqab and a brilliant blue Burqa (Chadari).

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