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Taliban bans women from universities until they learn not to ‘go against Islam’




The Taliban has banned females from universities and higher education learning in Afghanistan. Minister Nida Mohammad Nadim opuses female education entirely and has pledged to eliminate secular schooling.

Nadim, former provincial governor, police chief and military commander, was appointed minister in October by the supreme Taliban leader. Nadim blamed women: “We told girls to have proper hijab but they didn’t and they wore dresses like they are going to a wedding ceremony” he said.

“Girls were studying agriculture and engineering, but this didn’t match Afghan culture. Girls should learn, but not in areas that go against Islam and Afghan honor” he continued, alleging that schools could possibly reopen for women when the issues are “resolved.”

The Associated Press notes that “the Taliban made similar promises about high school access for girls, saying classes would resume for them once ‘technical issues’ around uniforms and transport were sorted out, but girls remain shut out of classrooms.”

The Associated Press reports:

Despite initially promising a more moderate rule respecting rights for women and minorities, the Taliban have widely implemented their interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia, since they seized power in August 2021.

They have banned girls from middle school and high school, barred women from most fields of employment and ordered them to wear head-to-toe clothing in public. Women are also banned from parks and gyms. At the same time Afghan society, while largely traditional, has increasingly embraced the education of girls and women over the past two decades.

Global pressure has been placed on the Taliban to reconsider its decision, as well as backlash domestically, such as from the country’s popular cricket players.

One local media outlet reported that males at Nangarhar Medical University walked out in solidarity and refused to sit for exams until women are reinstated.

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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago



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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.

The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57%  the preceding quarter.

The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.

592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:

They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.

Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.

Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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