The Taliban have banned Afghan women from working in non-governmental organizations in the country.

It was unclear whether the ban, announced in a letter and confirmed by the economy ministry, also applied to foreign women or those working for the United Nations, which has a significant presence in the country.

The letter said the female employees would not be allowed to work for NGOs until further notice as some had not adhered to the Taliban interpretation of the Islamic dress code for women.

The Economy Ministry said it had received “serious complaints” about female staff not wearing the “correct” headscarf or hijab.

The ban comes days after Afghan women were barred from attending university by the Taliban, a move that drew international condemnation.

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