Taliban bans university education for girls in Afghanistan with immediate effect


Afghan students line up at one of the gates of Kabul University
Image source: PTI Afghan students line up at one of the gates of Kabul University. Women are banned from private and public universities in Afghanistan with immediate effect and until further notice, a Taliban government spokesman said.

Taliban authorities have banned girls’ education in universities until further notice, AFP reported, citing Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education.

Authorities ordered all Afghan government and private universities to suspend “women’s education” until further notice, reports said.

Women are banned from private and public universities in Afghanistan with immediate effect and until further notice, a spokesman for the Taliban government said on Tuesday, the latest edict against their rights and freedoms. The decision was announced after a meeting of the Taliban government.

Despite initially promising more moderate rule and the rights of women and minorities, the Taliban have imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic or Sharia law.

Girls have been banned from middle and high school education, women have been restricted from most employment and ordered to wear head-to-toe clothing in public. Women are also banned from parks and gyms.

A letter shared by Ministry of Higher Education spokesperson Ziaullah Hashmi tells private and public universities to implement the ban as soon as possible and notify the ministry when the ban is in effect.

Hashmi tweeted the letter from his account and confirmed its contents in a message to The Associated Press.

The college ban comes weeks after Afghan girls sit their high school graduation exams, even though they have been banned from classrooms since the Taliban took over the country last year.

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