Human rights in Afghanistan: The Taliban prevent women from attending universities

Human rights in Afghanistan: The Taliban prevent women from attending universities

Status: 12/20/2022 7:54 PM

The Taliban prevented Afghan women from entering higher education. The ban applies indefinitely, according to a government statement. Just three months ago, girls and women across the country took college entrance exams.

The Islamic Taliban banned women from university education in Afghanistan. In a government statement, all private and public universities were instructed to impose a ban on women’s education until further notice. The announcement was shared by the Ministry of Higher Education and was made available to the German Press Agency. The declaration was signed by Acting Minister Sheikh Nada Muhammad Nadeem. There was no justification.

The United States and the United Kingdom condemn the ban

Thus, the Islamists are restricting women’s rights in Afghanistan. The United States and Britain condemned this step during a session of the UN Security Council on Afghanistan. US Representative Robert Wood said, “The Taliban cannot expect to become a legitimate member of the international community until it respects the rights of all Afghans, especially the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls.”

Separate chapters yet

Less than three months ago, thousands of girls and women across the country took university entrance exams. Many of them wanted to study teaching or medicine.

After the radical Islamic Taliban movement took power in August last year, universities have already had to introduce new rules. Entrances and classrooms are separated by gender. Women could only be taught by other women or older men. Most teenage girls in Afghanistan are already excluded from additional secondary education.

The tragic situation of women

Girls and women are largely excluded from other areas of public life. For example, women are not allowed to travel or drive to work without an accompanying male family member. In addition, many jobs were closed to women. In Kabul, Afghan women have been banned from visiting public parks and gyms for several months. Despite the international criticism, the Taliban is sticking to its course. Human rights organizations report a significant deterioration in women’s rights since the seizure of power.

Even during Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001, women in Afghanistan were no longer allowed to work and were only allowed to leave the house, veiled and accompanied by a male family member. She was forbidden to speak or laugh in public.


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