Afghan Government imposes Ban on women from entering Public Parks & Funfairs. Taliban’s morality ministry said there would be restrictions on women being able to access public parks.
A spokesperson for the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice confirmed that women would be restricted from accessing parks when asked for comment by Reuters, but did not respond to requests to provide further details.
It was not clear how widely the restrictions applied or how they affected a previous rule from the MPVPV saying parks, including open-air spaces, must be segregated by gender and certain days would be aside for women.
A spokesperson for the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention said that “There was mixing (of men and women), hijab was not observed, that’s why the decision has been taken for now.”
The new rule was introduced earlier this week, which further reduces the public space accessibility for Afghan women. They are already banned from traveling without a male escort and are forced to wear hijab whenever they step out of their homes.
These are in addition to the curtailment of girls’ secondary education in Afghanistan. The secondary schools have been closed for over a year now.