7 May 2022

Taliban condemned as Afghan women forced to wear face-veil in public

Women in Afghanistan have been ordered to wear a face-veil in public, for the first time in decades.

The country’s Taliban leadership passed the decree, following similar restrictions they imposed during their first reign of power in the 1990s.

Many women in Afghanistan already wear the burka, but  some wear a simple head covering. Anyone who refuses and ignores official warnings could see a male guardian jailed for three days.

We spoke to Fawzia Koofi who was Vice President of the National Assembly in Afghanistan until the Taliban took power.