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Taliban ban women from studying at university in Afghanistan


The veto deprives all Afghans over the age of 12 of education, who also have the doors of secondary schools closed

Afghan women will not be able to study at the university until further notice.

An order from the Minister of Education, published this Tuesday, obliges public and private universities to prevent access for students with immediate effect.

The letter is based on a decision by the Taliban government, in power in the Asian country since August 2021. The jihadist militia then took control of the country, after the departure of US troops after two decades of military intervention, and imposed an iron dictatorship with serious consequences for women.

Since then, Afghans have been progressively deprived of the rights they had acquired in the 20 years of Western presence in the country.

BREAKING: The Taliban have banned women from universities.

This is a shameful decision that violates the right to education for women and girls in Afghanistan.

The Taliban are making it clear every day that they don't respect the fundamental rights of Afghans, especially women.

—Human Rights Watch (@hrw) December 20, 2022

The veto of the students in the universities culminates the absolute expulsion of women from the secondary and higher education cycles.

Previously, in October of last year, the Islamists had already prohibited adolescents from studying and closed their institutes.

When they turn 12, the approximate age of puberty, adolescents are deprived of their right to education.

In the first months of their return to power —which they already held between 1996 and 2001— the fundamentalists assured that the ban on girls from studying would be temporary and argued that educational centers were being adapted to guarantee a strict separation of the sexes.

Many Afghans and various civil society organizations defined this argument as a mere pretext, since the institutes in Afghanistan were already segregated by sex.

More than a year after those words, the Taliban spokesman and Deputy Minister of Information, Zabihulá Mujahid, repeated the same idea on Tuesday.

Almost at the same time that he confirmed that Afghans over 12 years of age will not be able to attend class, Mujahid assured that the return of girls to school was "inevitable".

The deputy minister then reiterated the argument that this return will happen when an "adequate environment" is established.

That expression is the one also used by the Taliban officials when questioned about the ban on women from exercising certain professions -including journalist and judge- that they instituted after seizing power.

In the first months after the seizure of Kabul, the Taliban tried to present a moderate image that was interpreted as an attempt to make the international community recognize their government and forget the atrocities and terrible human rights violations they committed during their previous period in power. power, especially against the women and girls of the country.

When a year and a half has passed since then, that supposed moderation is increasingly in doubt because the fundamentalist regime has been progressively depriving Afghans of the few rights they still enjoyed.

As soon as they took over the reins of the country, the Taliban closed the Ministry for Women and replaced it with the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

Since then, the use of the burqa has become almost mandatory - it is the "ideal garment" for women, according to the Islamist regime - and, little by little, the Taliban have been curtailing women's freedoms and narrowing, if possible, the siege Afghan women, half the population of the country of 40 million inhabitants.

The latest of these misogynistic measures, adopted on November 10, was to prohibit women from accessing Kabul's parks and gardens.

Since the closure of the women's institutes, clandestine schools for girls have sprung up in many areas of the country.

The Taliban regime claims it upholds the rights of women "defined by Islam".

In other words, they prohibit everything that is not explicitly allowed according to their rigorous interpretation of sharia, Islamic law.

This Tuesday, the Minister for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, Mohamad Khalid Hanafi, has indicated that the application of sharia is one of the main objectives of the former militia, reported the Afghan news agency Jaama Press.

“We work to apply Sharia law and guide society on the right path,” Hanafi said.

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Source: elparis

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