- The Taliban has ordered the closure of beauty salons, including hairdressers, across Afghanistan.
- Observers say the move is another step in the group’s ‘war against women’.
- A medical expert claims the situation will further erode women’s mental health.
On 19 July, dozens of Afghan women, mostly employees of hair and beauty salons, protested against the decision on the basis that it would leave families without incomes.
‘Loss of dignity, pride’
“Lack of access to physical and mental health support further deteriorates their physical and mental well-being.”
Dr Mehraby said that the act of “violence and human rights violation” against Afghan women “has been extensively documented in international publications”. However, there was inadequate support for “Afghan women who suffer from the darkest side of humanity”, she said.
“The intake of Afghan women to resettle in western countries should increase under the women at risk visa category so more Afghan women whose lives are at risk from the Taliban are rescued and resettled in western countries such as Australia.”
The closure of beauty salons across Afghanistan as of 25 July will severely impact the mental health and well-being of women, according to Dr Mehraby. Source: AP / Rahmat Gul/AP
‘They have a problem with women working’
“In the past, (husbands) were allowed to go inside the salon in some conditions but, since the Taliban came, even they were not allowed to go inside.”
“Not only (have people like me lost our) source of income, but (we) will also suffer from depression and perhaps from various other health issues.”
‘Uncertain when the war against women will end’
“We have already heard that up to 60,000 women will lose income across the country. I believe, and given the humanitarian crisis in the country, this will have a significant impact on the livelihood of tens of thousands of families.”
Mohib Iqbal, President of the Afghan National Council Australia. Source: Supplied
Mr Iqbal said that “it is very difficult to say” when the Taliban’s war against Afghan women will end and that it was most likely they would “come out with more similar bans in the private sector”.
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