The regime in the West African nation of The Gambia has ordered female civil servants to cover-up their hair during office hours.
The directives from the office of the country dictator came less than a month after Yahya Jammeh unilaterally declared the secular country an Islamic republic in a move he said was “designed to distance the West African state further from its colonial past.”
“This is to inform you that an Executive Directive has been issued that all female staff within the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies are no longer allowed to expose their hair during official working hours effective December 31, 2015. Female staff are urged to use head tie and neatly wrap their hair” the directive reads.
“All Heads of Departments and Agencies are urgently advised to implement this directive and bring it to the attention of their female staff within their line departments and agencies. All are strictly advised to adhere to this new directive,” it concluded.
The directive, however, did not exclude female Christian civil servants even though the country’s self-claimed cleric promise to respect their rights.