A decree on the burqa in Afghanistan: “It breaks my heart that people on the streets tell me to cover my face”

  • By Lara Wayne
  • BBC 100 Women

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Women wearing burqas in Kabul market

While Soraya was doing her usual shopping in western Kabul this week, something changed.

Representatives of the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan are visiting women’s clothing stores to find out what traders are selling and whether the length of custom-made clothing is considered appropriate.

“I was scared,” says Soraya.

On May 7, women’s faces came under the latest ban from the Taliban, who announced that for the first time in decades, they would have to wear a full-face burqa in public. Taliban officials presented the decree on the head scarf as “advice”. But for those who do not comply, they have planned multiple measures.

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