Since sweeping to power for the second time in Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have sought to present themselves to Western observers as a more moderate group.
They claim, for instance, that the Taliban will respect women and does not wish them to become “victims” of Sharia law.
However, there have been numerous reports of female workers being ordered to leave their jobs and to send a male relative to take their place.
On Sunday, Aisha Khurram, a former youth representative to the United Nations, said the Taliban had summoned Afghan civil servants to their offices, only to dismiss all the women.
“Taliban asked civil servants in Kabul to get back to their offices, but when everyone showed up, they dismissed female workers – justifying it as [an] unconducive security situation for women,” she wrote on Twitter.
“They repeated the same thing for five years during their regime in the 1990s and the security situation remained a justification for erasing women from society. What could be different this time?,” she added.
The price of a burqa meanwhile has reportedly doubled in Kabul amid a surge in demand.