The Taliban Minister of Education has stated that Afghan women will be allowed to attend college, but mixed-gender classes will be banned.


Loya Jirga's Abdul Baki Haqqani

Taliban Deputy Minister of Higher Education Abdul Baki Hakani will speak on the podium at the Taliban Council on General Higher Education Policy on August 29, 2021 in Loya Jirga, Kabul. AAMIRQURESHI / AFP via Getty Images

  • The Taliban states that women can attend college under the Taliban’s control, but cannot share the same class as men.

  • The Taliban Minister of Education said the group wanted to create a “reasonable and Islamic” curriculum.

  • The ruling militant group said it would respect women’s rights in Afghanistan, but many are skeptical of the claim given the group’s history of women’s oppression.

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Afghan women were allowed to attend college “safely” as long as their studies were in line with the Taliban’s interpretation of Islamic law, said Abdul Baki Hakani, the deputy minister of higher education for the radical group. Stated. For each AFP.

However, Haqqani added that mixed-gender classes are banned.He commented on sunday Loya Jirga -A gathering of councils of Afghan tribal and faction leaders.

“… Afghan people will continue their higher education in the light of safe Shari’a law, without being in a mixed environment of men and women,” he said.

He added that the Taliban aims to “create a rational and Islamic curriculum in line with our Islamic, national and historical values, while allowing us to compete with other countries.” ..

Most schools in Afghanistan have already been segregated before the Taliban takeover earlier this month, with an estimated two-thirds of girls in the country out of school. According to Human Rights Watch.

When the Taliban was in power from 1996 to 2001 It kept women and girls out of work and school. The group is going to Respect women’s rights According to Islamic law, it did not seek revenge on the Afghans who worked with the enemy.

However, many are skeptical of the Taliban’s sudden changes in tack. Several reports by women in Afghanistan explain how the group did not consistently keep its vow that girls could continue to attend school. for example, Taliban members defeat rickshaw driver One for transporting female teachers who were traveling without a male chaperone The woman told CNN.

In some areas captured by the Taliban, women and girls have already been stopped from going to school or leaving home without male escorts. The Guardian reported.

Thousands of people tried to flee Afghanistan for fear of the Taliban reintroducing a repressive regime. Flock to Kabul Airport When I’m trying to pack into an airplane leaving the country.

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