The Taliban government reported on Wednesday the start of a new school year for higher education institutions without the presence of womenafter last December the fundamentalists suddenly decided to remove the female students from the university classrooms.
“The spring semester of government institutions of higher education for male students” will start next week, the Ministry of Higher Education of the interim Taliban government reported on Twitter.
The Taliban thus confirm that women will not be incorporated into universities for the momentunlike their male colleagues, after last December they ordered the suspension of female higher education until further notice.
This veto is in addition to the one already established since the fundamentalists came to power in August 2021 that suspended female secondary education until adapting its contents to Islamic law.
The fall of Kabul has meant a deterioration of women’s rights, with restrictions such as the segregation by sex in public places, the imposition of the veil or the obligation to be accompanied by a male relative on long journeys.
The reality that Afghans live today is increasingly similar to the time of the first Taliban regime between 1996 and 2001, when based on a rigid interpretation of Islam and its strict social code known as Pashtunwali, women were prohibited from attending schools and confined women in the home.
“Exacerbating the crisis”
On the other hand, the non-governmental organization International Crisis Group considered that the restrictions imposed on Afghan women since the Taliban came to power “are exacerbating the crisis in Afghanistan.”
The plethora of bans women have faced since the fall of Kabul on August 15, 2021 has caused “a Sudden drop in international aid that will deeply hurt millions of Afghans.”, said the NGO in a report published on February 23. In response to the severe restrictions, “many aid agencies have suspended their operations, generating fears of greater misery in the country”, the letter remarked.
Afghan economic analyst Noorullah Azizi told the news agency EFE that cuts in women’s rights cause donor countries to be forced to reduce their activities in the country, thus paving the way for isolation of 50% of the Afghan population.
And economic affairs expert Iraj Faqiri warned EFE that the string of rights that women have lost “will create more disasters in Afghanistan, because in the future half of the population will be deprived of education and will not participate in the development of Afghanistan.”
(With information from EFE)
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