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Taliban Remove Ads Depicting Women

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The extremist Taliban has ordered the removal of billboards and photos from shop windows depicting women in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Those promotional materials would violate Islamic law.


Local authorities have shared photos on Twitter showing women’s faces scratched or taped and paint used to make the women unrecognizable. According to the municipality, business owners must adhere to “ethical values” if they want to promote a product.

Those advertisements must be in line with Sharia law. Last month, the Taliban called on TV channels to stop broadcasting series featuring women.

The Taliban have curtailed women’s rights since taking power last summer. Many women are unable to return to work, and many secondary schools are closed to girls. This group was suppressed during the Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001. The international community has called on the Taliban to respect women’s rights this time.

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