Women can study in gender-segregated colleges


Kabul, Afghanistan — Women in Afghanistan can continue to study at university, including at graduate level, but classrooms are gender-separated and Islamic attire is required, said the Minister of Higher Education of the ruling Tullivan terrorist group. Said on Sunday.

Minister Abdul Baki Haqqani has come up with a new policy at a press conference a few days after all the new Afghan rulers formed a male government. On Saturday, the Taliban raised a flag at the presidential residence to signal the start of new government activities.

The world has watched how the Taliban behave differently from the first administration in the late 1990s. At that time, girls and women were denied education and excluded from public life.

The Taliban suggest that it has changed, including attitudes towards women. However, women are banned from sports, and the Taliban have recently been violent against female protesters who demand equal rights.

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Afghans are waiting in front of a bank while trying to withdraw money in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 12, 2021. (Bernat Armangue / AP Photo)

Haqqani said the Taliban did not want to put the watch back 20 years ago. “We will start building on what exists today,” he said.

However, female college students have restrictions such as dress code. Haqqani said the hijab was a must, but did not specify whether this meant a forced headscarf or a forced facial cover.

Gender separation will also be implemented, he said. “We don’t allow boys and girls to study together,” he said. “We do not allow co-education.”

Haqqani said the subject matter being taught would also be reviewed. He didn’t elaborate, but said he wanted to allow Afghan university graduates to compete with university graduates in the region and other countries.

The Taliban, who agreed with the strict interpretation of Islam, banned music and art in the days of previous power. This time around the TV remains and the news channel still shows the female presenter, but the Taliban’s message is volatile.

In an interview with Afghanistan’s popular TOLO news, Taliban spokesman Syed Zekrullah Hashmi said women should give birth and raise children. “

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The girl walks upstairs when she enters school before class in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 12, 2021. (FelipeDana / AP Photo)

The Taliban seized power on August 15, when it conquered the capital of Kabul after occupying a suburban state in a rapid military operation. It initially promised inclusiveness and general amnesty to its former adversaries, but many Afghans continue to be deeply afraid of the new regime. Police officials in the Taliban have formed an all-male government, despite beating Afghan journalists, diversifying women’s protests and initially inviting a wider range of representatives.

The new higher education policy represents a change from the practices that were accepted before the Taliban took over. The university was coeducational, with men and women studying side by side, and female students did not have to comply with the dress code. However, the majority of female college students chose to wear a traditional scarf.

In elementary and high school, boys and girls were taught separately, even before the Taliban came to power. In high school, girls had to wear tunics and white scarves that reached their knees, and jeans, makeup, and jewelry were not allowed.

Kathy Gannon

Associated Press