Taliban Allows Widows to Work

The Taliban issued a declaration last week which states that the Taliban will now allow impoverished widows with no other means of income to leave their homes to work. They must follow certain conditions which are not completely explicit at this time. For example, these women are to refrain from wearing fashionable clothes, follow Islamic hejab, and dress modestly. It is unclear as to what degree of purda (or cover) the declaration requires. The declaration also states that these widows should not be working in the company of men. Married women are still forbidden to leave their homes to work without the permission of their husbands.


RCO Kabul -July 24, 1998

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