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9/19, 2:11 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Taliban scraps ministry for women to 'promote virtue'

The Taliban government in Afghanistan replaced the Women Affairs Ministry with the Ministry of Vice and Virtue in what seems to be one more move toward restricting women's rights.

A new sign (pictured) has been set outside the ministry for women, which now says "Ministry for Preaching and Guidance and the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice." Staff from the World Bank's Women’s Economic Empowerment and Rural Development Programme was forced out of the building earlier on Saturday.

Meanwhile, teenage girls have not been able to return to secondary school with the reopening of the classrooms due to the Taliban effectively imposing a ban on their attendance.

Breaking the News / ND