Taliban: Women can study in universities of different genders

Bahir Dar, Afghanistan – June 2 – Women’s microfinance group opens their savings books outside their village June 2, 2010 in Bahrain, Afghanistan (Shutterstock)

September 12, 2021

By Katie Ganon Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Women in Afghanistan can continue their education at universities, including postgraduate schools, but classrooms will be gender-neutral and Islamic dress will be mandatory, the Taliban’s new higher education minister said on Sunday.

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Taliban spokesman announces new cabinet There was no immediate confirmation of the visit by Qatari officials.

A few days after Afghanistan’s new rulers formed an all-male government, Higher Education Minister Abdul Baki Haqqani announced the new policies at a news conference. On Saturday, the Taliban raised their flag at the presidential palace to mark the start of a new government.

The world has been watching the Taliban since its inception in the late 1990’s. At that time, girls and women were not excluded from education, and they were excluded from public life.

He also called on the Taliban to change their attitude towards women. However, women have been banned from sports and the Taliban have used violence against women activists demanding equal rights in recent days.

Haqqani said the Taliban did not want to back down. “We will start building on what we have today,” he said.

However, female university students face restrictions, including compulsory dress code. Haqqani said the hijab would be mandatory, but did not say whether it was mandatory to wear a headscarf or a mandatory face mask.

Gender segregation will also be implemented, he said. “We do not allow boys and girls to study together,” he said. We do not allow mutual education.

Haqqani said the lessons learned will also be evaluated. He did not elaborate, but said he wanted Afghan university graduates to compete with university graduates in the region and the rest of the world.

The Taliban, who are subscribers to the strict definition of Islam, have banned music and art during their previous rule. By this time he was on TV and the news outlets were still showing female presenters, but the Taliban messenger was wrong.

In an interview with Afghanistan’s popular Tolo News, Taliban spokesman Syed Zakrullah Hashmi said last week that women should give birth and raise children. Although the Taliban did not bar women from participating in government, the spokesman said: “It is not necessary for women to be in the cabinet.”

The Taliban seized control of Kabul on August 15, the day the military took control of Kabul. They have promised comprehensive and comprehensive amnesty to their former opponents, but many Afghans are deeply afraid of the new rulers. Taliban police beat Afghan journalists, violently dispersed women’s protests, and initially called for greater representation, but formed an all-male government.

The new higher education policy shows a change from the way it was before the Taliban took over. Universities are cooperating, while men and women study side by side, and female students should not respect dress code. However, most university students choose to wear a head covering in accordance with tradition.

Boys and girls were educated separately before the Taliban came to power in primary and secondary schools. In high school, girls were required to reach their knees, and white headscarves, as well as jeans, makeup, and jewelry were not allowed.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shahin on Sunday quoted Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdurahman al-Thani as saying on his Twitter account.

Qatar’s foreign minister has met with Taliban Prime Minister Mohamed Hassan al-Awwad, Shahin said. The Qatari delegation met with former President Hamid Karzai and former Taliban negotiator Abdalla Abdalla in peace talks with the Taliban.

The Taliban have been based in Doha, the capital of Qatar, since 2013. Last week, Qatar Airways launched international flights from Kabul International Airport, carrying more than 250 foreign nationals, including Americans. Capital.

Qatar has also joined Turkey in rebuilding the airport, which was damaged by US troops leaving Afghanistan after the Taliban fled tens of thousands of Afghans.

Meanwhile, the Taliban government is facing serious economic problems with imminent warnings of imminent economic crisis and humanitarian crisis. The United Nations has warned that by the end of the year, 97% of Afghans will be living below the poverty line.

Thousands of desperate Afghans wait outside Afghan banks every day for $ 200 a week. In recent days, the Taliban appear to be trying to establish a system that allows customers to withdraw money, but as more and more people flock to the bank’s doorstep, the swing is rapidly declining.

A.D. Afghanistan’s first private bank, established in 2004, had about 2,000 people outside the new Kabul Bank on Sunday.

For Zaidullah Mashwani, Sunday was the third day he came to the bank, hoping to make $ 200. Every night, the Taliban prepare a list of potential customers for the next day, and a whole new list is provided in the morning.

“This is our money. The people have a right to it, He said. “No one has money. The Taliban government must do something to get our money back.

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