'If you want to work, get married,' Taliban set new conditions for working women in Afghanistan

09:10 PM | 23 Jan, 2024
'If you want to work, get married,' Taliban set new conditions for working women in Afghanistan

In the latest round of restrictions, the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has told women to get married if they want to work.

The new restrictions come a few months after the Taliban banned women from visiting beauty salons and gave salon owners one month to wrap up their businesses.

Authorities also put a lock on most girls high schools, barred women from going to universities and stopped many female Afghan aid staff from working. The Taliban also restricted women from air travel without a male relative in latest curbs since coming into power in the war-torn country.

Officials of the ministry in charge of implementing Islamic laws in Afghanistan have advised women that it is not appropriate for an unmarried woman to work. If a woman wants to keep her job in the health sector, she should get married.

In its October-December 2023 quarterly report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said the Taliban is cracking down on Afghan women who are unmarried or do not have a male guardian.

On the other hand, three female health care workers were arrested in October for going to work without a male relative, not to mention the fact that women in Afghanistan's Paktia province had no access to health facilities.

According to a UN report, in December last month, the Taliban visited bus stations in Kandahar, during which they instructed bus drivers not to allow women to travel on the buses without a male relative.

The writer is a staff member.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 21 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 21, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.75
Euro EUR 297  299.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5  354 
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80  75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.75 73.5
Australian Dollar AUD 181.2 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.91 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.11 40.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.62 916.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 28.83 29.13
Omani Riyal OMR 723.62 731.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.08 317.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74


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