Status: 12/22/2022 9:22 PM

On Tuesday, the Taliban announced that Afghan women will be banned from higher education. At first they didn’t give a reason. Education Minister Nadim has now spoken – responding to criticism from other Muslim countries.

The Afghan Taliban government has Prohibition of higher education for women Justified international criticism should be avoided. Education Minister Nida Mohamed Nadeem said the ban, which was issued this week, was necessary to prevent mixing of the sexes in the country’s universities. He also saw that some teaching content violated the principles of Islamic law.

In an interview with Afghan TV, Nadeem rejected criticism of the ban from the group of seven most important industrialized countries, as well as from Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Foreigners must stop interfering in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. The ban applies until further notice, but may be revised at a later time.

Ban criticism

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven had earlier called on the Taliban to lift the embargo. The Taliban’s approach to banning women from public life will have an impact on “how our country deals with the Taliban”. The G7 includes Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Canada and the United States of America. The European Union has observer status.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavasoglu said that banning women from universities is neither “Islamic nor humane”. The Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed its “surprise and regret,” and Qatar condemned the actions of the Taliban.

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Women protest in Kabul

In Kabul, a small group of Afghan women demonstrated against a university ban. Footage available to Agence France-Presse shows about two dozen veiled women walking around a neighborhood of the Afghan capital chanting “Rights for all or none”. According to one of the protesters, “some of the girls” were arrested, but two of him were later released.

After assuming power, the Taliban emphasized that women and girls should have access to education. They didn’t stick to it: girls are now only allowed to go to school until sixth grade. Many jobs are off-limits to women, as are parks and gyms. In addition, a woman must veil herself from head to toe.

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