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Afghan Women on Social Media Resist Taliban Clothing Restrictions

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Nov 2, 2021 8:00 pm
  • 15:52

The Taliban has instituted a new dress code for women attending college in Afghanistan. Students must cover their hair, body, hands, and most of their face—and the clothes must be black. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan 20 years ago, it imposed similar rules on women, based on the group’s interpretation of Islamic law. But Afghan women the world over are resisting on social media, posting photos of themselves in brightly colored traditional Afghan dresses under the hashtags #AfghanistanCulture and #DoNotTouchMyClothes. Bahar Jalali started the campaign. She taught history and gender studies at the American University in Kabul before relocating to Loyola University in Maryland. (Segment produced by Sydney Jezik)