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The UN calls on the Taliban to halt ban on women beauty salons

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has called on the Taliban leader to lift the ban on women’s beauty salons in Afghanistan.

“UNAMA calls on the de facto authorities to halt the edict closing beauty salons,” This UN agency said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“This new restriction on women’s rights will impact negatively on the economy and contradicts stated support for women’s entrepreneurship. UNAMA remains engaged with stakeholders seeking reversal of the bans.”

The Taliban has ordered all women beauty salons across Afghanistan to close down by 25 July.

The latest ban adds to the over 50 restrictive edicts against women and girls by the Taliban since returning to power in August 2021.

Women and girls have been banned from education beyond primary education and employment in most sectors, including working for the UN and humanitarian aid agencies. The group has also banned women from parks and recreational spaces.

Amnesty International has said the the Taliban treatment of women should be investigated as crime against humanity.