In Afghanistan, the Taliban has banned long-distance travel for unaccompanied Afghan women, saying they should not be allowed on the road unless they’re escorted by a close male relative. The Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice also demanded vehicle owners refuse rides to women not wearing headscarves.
In related news, the Taliban last week dissolved Afghanistan’s election commission. The panel supervised polls during the previous U.S.- and Western-backed government. A Taliban spokesperson said, “There is no need for these commissions to exist and operate.”