In a devastating blow to women’s rights, the Taliban’s acting education minister in Afghanistan announced that mixed university classes would be banned.
Women will be allowed to take classes, at least for now, but not with men.
The “people of Afghanistan will safely pursue their higher education in the light of Sharia law without being in a mixed gender environment,” Acting Minister of Higher Education Abdul Bqi Haqqani said on Sunday at the meeting. a meeting “with old people”, according to Agence France-France. The press reported. There were no women at the meeting.
Haqqani said the Taliban wanted “to create a reasonable and Islamic curriculum that conforms to our Islamic, national and historical values, and, on the other hand, to be able to compete with other countries.”
Male and female students will continue to be separated in primary and secondary schools, as is generally the practice in the country, according to AFP.
Taliban leaders had previously said they would allow Afghan women to be educated and have a career, but only to the extent that their interpretation of Islamic law allows.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told NBC News last week that women would be “granted rights under Sharia law,” but he did not elaborate.
The Taliban have a horrible record when it comes to women’s rights. Activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban attackers in Pakistan nine years ago at the age of 15 because she was studying and encouraging other girls and women to do the same.
Yousafzai was shocked to see the Taliban invade Kabul earlier this month. “I am deeply concerned for women, minorities and human rights defenders, ”she said.
When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, they imposed a chilling sexist interpretation of Sunni Islam on the country. They banned women from going to school, working, and leaving home without a male chaperone. Women were also required to wear head-to-toe burqas that covered their bodies and faces.
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