Afghanistan women sobbing in protest of the Taliban’s ban on education

Afghan women and girls take part in a protest in front of the Ministry of Education in Kabul on March 26, 2022, demanding that high schools be reopened for girls. (Photo by Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taliban’s ban increased restrictions on women’s lives despite promising a lighter rule when they gained control last year. They did this despite international protests.

Taliban leaders in Afghanistan have outlawed women from attending university on a national level. They are drawing condemnation from the United States and the UN for yet another violation of human rights. They did this despite promising a softer rule when they gained control last year and disregarding international protests.

Taliban’s ban sparks a all out women protest

Due to the recent prohibition on women’s education, a heartbreaking video of Afghan students crying went viral on social media.

On Tuesday, Shabnam Nasimi uploaded a video showing female students sobbing in an Afghan classroom. He is a former policy special advisor to the UK’s minister for refugees and the minister for Afghan resettlement,

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After deciding to forbid women from enrolling in institutions, massive outrage took place across the board. On Wednesday, the Taliban authorities forbade entrance and sent female university students away.

Less than months have passed since many  women  took entrance examinations for universities. Many of them were hoping to pursue careers in teaching and medicine.

The Taliban put the restriction on higher education into effect at that time. Currently, universities are not open due to winter break but will soon reopen at the beginning of March.

The Taliban follow a strict definition of Islam.Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s supreme leader, opposes modern education for women.

However, they disagreed with many Kabul officials who had hoped that girls would continue their education.

Several Taliban officials claim the shutdown of the secondary school system is merely temporary. But they have also cited justifications like shortage of funding to modify the curriculum to reflect Islamic teachings.

Additionally, they have eliminated many government jobs for women, or they are getting less to stay at home. They can’t leave the house alone without a male relative, and they must dress appropriately outside the house, preferably in a burqa.

They were not allowed to visit parks, fairs, gyms, or public saunas in November. The international community has contributed to make the right to education for all women a difficult topic in conversations about support and legitimacy for the Taliban leadership.

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