The Taliban administration in Afghanistan has issued an order to shut down all beauty salons run by women within a month, according to the Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Propagation of Virtue. This is the latest restriction on women’s access to public spaces and freedoms since the Taliban seized power in 2021.
Beauty salons were among the businesses that reopened after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, which toppled the previous Taliban regime that had banned them. Many women relied on these salons for their personal grooming and socializing needs, as well as for employment opportunities. The salons were usually female-only and had their windows covered to protect the customers’ privacy.
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