On Sunday, the Minister of Higher Education said that Afghan women would be allowed to study in universities, but mixed classes would be prohibited under her mandate. TalibanAbdul Baqi Haqqani. Learn more about the status of women in the video above. Afghanistan.
Radical Islamic Group Who took power on August 15After the pro-Western government withdrew, it promised to act differently from its previous regime (between 1996 and 2001), when girls and women were banned from going to school.
“The people of Afghanistan will continue to have a higher education according to the rules of Sharia [lei islâmica]which prohibits mixed castes,” Haqqani said at a high-level meeting known as the Loya Jirga.
He said the Taliban demand “to find a reasonable educational program that is compatible with our Islamic, national and historical values, and on the other hand, able to compete with other countries.”
Young men and women will be segregated in primary and secondary schools, which is common in a conservative country like Afghanistan.
The Taliban advocate respect for progress in women’s rights, but only according to their strict interpretation of Islamic law.
Whether women will be able to work and educate themselves to high standards and mingle with men are some of the most common questions asked by observers.
But the Taliban’s change of position is viewed with skepticism, and many question whether they will keep their promises.
No women attended Sunday’s meeting in Kabul, which was attended by other senior Taliban officials.
A student who worked in the university dormitory during the last government, said the Taliban minister “only spoke to male teachers and students”. According to her, this indicates “the systematic prevention of women’s participation in decision-making” and “the distance between Taliban words and actions”.
The number of university students has increased in the past twenty years of Western existence, especially among women who study with men and participate in seminars taught by male professors. But the series of attacks on educational centers in recent months, which killed dozens, has caused panic among the residents. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attacks, some of which were announced by the local branch of the Islamic State.
During its previous oppressive rule, the Taliban excluded women from public life, banned their entertainment, and imposed horrific punishments, such as stoning to death, on adulteresses.
See, in the video below, the testimony of an Afghan woman who had to drop out of school:
Afghanistan under the Taliban: The dropout writes a poem for other women
Street view of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 7, about a week before the Taliban invaded the city – Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP
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