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Taliban: bans women from working for NGOs

Taliban in Afghanistan have barred women from working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

According to the Islamist rulers said female NGO employees had been breaking Sharia law by failing to wear the hijab.

This is coming days after female students were banned from universities

Saturday’s edict was announced in a letter from the Ministry of Economy to both national and international NGOs. It threatened to cancel the licence of any organisation that did not swiftly comply.

However, it was not immediately clear whether this would affect United Nations bodies, which have a large presence carrying out relief and development work in the country.

Writing Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino