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Afghanistan Closes Universities Against Women

Reports from Kabul, the Afghanistan capital say, Taliban have announced the closure of Universities against women.

The country Minister for Higher Education, who stated this in a letter said, the move is until further notice adding that it is expected to take effect immediately.

It further restricts women’s access to formal education, as they were already excluded from most secondary schools.

Three months ago thousands of girls and women sat for University Entrance Examinations across Afghanistan.

But sweeping restrictions were imposed on the subjects they could study, with Veterinary Science, Engineering, Economics and Agriculture off limits and Journalism severely restricted.

After the Taliban took over last year, Universities introduced gender segregated classrooms and entrances.

Female students could only be taught by women Professors or old men.

Responding to the latest ban, one female University student reportedly told the BBC that she thought the Taliban were scared of women and their power.

“They destroyed the only bridge that could connect me with my future,” she said.

“How can I react? I believe that I could study and change my future or bring the light to my life but they destroyed it.”

Afghanistan’s Education sector was badly affected after the Taliban took over and there has been an exodus of trained Academics after the withdrawal of US-led forces last year.

The country’s economy has been largely dependent on foreign aid in recent decades, but aid Agencies have partly, and in some cases fully, withdrawn support to the Education sector after the Taliban refused to allow girls into Secondary Schools.

Many of the teaching staff who remained, reportedly go unpaid for months. The latest measures are likely to cause further concerns in the international community.

The US and other Western countries have made improvements to female education in Afghanistan a prior condition for the formal recognition of the Taliban Government.

In November, the authorities banned women from Parks in the capital Kabul, claiming Islamic laws were not being followed there.

Source: BBC/SG

 

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