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Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration continues to target women and their rights. In latest crackdown on women’s freedoms, the administration has ordered all local and foreign non-governmental organisations (NGO) to stop women employees from coming to work. The economy ministry has written a letter to NGOs.  The letter has clearly told NGOs to implement the order with immediate effect and not them until further notice. The strict order came after it was found that some of them had not reportedly adhered to the administration's interpretation of the Islamic dress code for women.

The order came days after the administration ordered universities to close to women, prompting strong global condemnation and sparking some protests and heavy criticism inside Afghanistan. However, it is not clear whether the order applied to United Nations agencies, which have a large presence in Afghanistan.