The Kabul municipality in a new effort has taken steps to remove the photos of women on storefronts in Kabul city.
The spokesman of Kabul municipality, Nematullah Barakzai, said the government has ordered the municipality’s officials to remove all photos of women on the signboards of shops and business centers in Kabul.
“Based on the decision of the government, the photos that are against Islamic regulations will be collected or removed from billboards,” said Barakzai.
Meanwhile, the owners of beauty salons in Kabul criticized the decision of the Islamic Emirate, and asked the government to not impose restrictions on their business.
Shayesta Saifi, a makeup artist, has worked in a beauty salon for seven years. Shayesta said she is financially assisting her 10-member family. “This is imposing a restriction on women’s work, there is a fear that they will lock our shop in the next days,” she told TOLOnews.
“What does it benefit the government to remove photos of women?” said Parwana, a women’s rights activist.
This comes as international organizations have repeatedly called on the Islamic Emirate to not ignore the rights of women and to not marginalize women from society, but the Islamic Emirate government claims that it already respects women based on Islamic principles.