Gambia orders female workers to cover hair

Written by on January 5, 2016

GAMBIA FEMALEA leaked memo quoted by private newspapers says, the Gambia’s government has banned its female employees from leaving their hair uncovered at work.

The memo said Women should use a “head tie and neatly wrap their hair”,¬† without giving reasons for the ban.

Last month, The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh declared the Muslim-majority country an Islamic republic.He added that no dress code would be imposed and citizens of other faiths would be allowed to practice freely.

Mr Jammeh withdrew the former British colony from the Commonwealth in 2013, describing the organization as neo-colonial.

The Gambia is popular with Western tourists because of its beaches.

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