Taliban give condition for women University education
The Taliban government has said Afghanistan women who wish to continue with their university studies must be ready to be separated from men and wear compulsory full Islamic dresses.
The international community has been watching very closely to see to what extent the Taliban have actually changed, especially with regards to their attitude towards women.
According to the acting Higher Education Minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, who said there were several ways to segregate, the universities must have the capability to have separated buildings. “The first solution is that there must be separated places where boys can be separated from girls.
“Or the second solution there should be separated timings, specified timing for boys and specified timing for girls. Or the third solution is that if there are fewer female students in such a situation there must be a partition in the class,” he said.
Haqqani who did not specify if women would have to cover their faces while in the classroom, said that certain courses would have to be revised as well, without going into details into what would change in the curriculum in Afghanistan.
The Taliban have already banned women from sports and said that music should not be encouraged.
Haqqani says that the group does not want to turn the clock back 20 years. “We will start building on what exists today,” he said.
Women at Kabul University on Sunday pledged their commitment to the Taliban’s policies on gender separation in the classroom by being covered from head to toe, wearing a full-face veil, and waving the new government white flags.
The new rules signal a change from the accepted practice before the Taliban takeover. Universities were co-ed, with men and women studying side by side, and female students did not have to abide by a dress code.