On Tuesday, the deadline given by the MInistry of Vice and Virtue for women’s beauty salons before many of them are closed, the United Nations said that the forced closure of women's beauty salons could negatively impact the economy of women.
Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the Secretary-General, at a press briefing asked the Islamic Emirate to halt the edict closing beauty salons.
“The Secretary-General supports the efforts by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which has called on the de facto authorities to halt the edict closing beauty salons. UNAMA has said that this restriction on women's rights will impact negatively on the economy and contradicts support for women's entrepreneurship, and we're seeking a reversal of the bans,” Farhan Haq said.
In the meantime, beauty salon owners said that with the closing of their salons, they can no longer be breadwinners for their families.
Twenty-year beauty salon veteran Mastora said that more than 10 other women, each of whom supports a family financially, works with her there.
"This shop is the sole means through which ten people support their families and are breadwinners of their families. They all come here because of problems,” said Mastora, a beauty salon owner.
"Today they took our bread and our work from us. we are very upset,” said Huma, another beauty salon owner.
According to Nematullah Barakzai, a spokesperson of Kabul Municipality, women's beauty salons' business licenses will be invalid after the third of Asad (solar calendar) and they will not be permitted to operate until the following order.
“After the third of Asad, these licenses will no longer be valid. In the city of Kabul, only those classes are allowed to operate that have licenses,” Barakzai said.
Previously, the Union of Women's Beauty Salons said that with the implementation of this decision, over 12,000 women's salons would close, and more than 50,000 employees would lose their jobs.