The Taliban announced on Sunday that female students in Afghanistan could continue with their university studies, but classes must now be separated and head coverings are mandatory.
why it matters: Afghan women and girls have expressed fears that they may lose their rights to education, employment and other everyday freedoms, in a return to the repressive regime they experienced from 1996–2001, when the Taliban last ruled.
- The Taliban raised further concern when its interim all-male government replaced the ministry of women’s affairs with a deputy ministry of virtue and virtue.
What are they saying: “We will not allow female and male students to study in the same class,” Acting Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani told a news conference on Sunday. Washington Post.
- “Co-education is against Sharia law,” he said. (the Taliban a strict explanation NS this islamic law.
- Haqqani said the new government was also reviewing the subjects that would be allowed to be taught in classrooms. al jazeera report.
big picture: When the Taliban last ruled, women and girls were banned from attending schools and universities.
- The Taliban said it would not stop women from working or getting educated. But it is said that only women in the public health sector can work “until the safety situation improves”. bbc notes.
- The group’s fighters have violently broken up anti-Taliban demonstrations by women in Afghanistan.
- According to the BBC, women protesting for the Taliban were allowed to show their support for the new government at the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in the capital Kabul on Saturday.