Afghan Women Can Study in Gender-Segregated University Classrooms, Taliban Says

The Taliban announced that women in Afghanistan will only be allowed to study in universities if the classrooms are gender-segregated.

“We will not allow boys and girls to study together. We will not allow co-education,” Taliban’s Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani said at a press conference on Sept. 12, outlining a series of new restrictions on women’s access to higher education in Afghanistan.

Haqqani also said that a strict Islamic dress code will be enforced on women, including hijabs. However, he did not specify if the requirement meant headscarves or mandatory face coverings.

Haqqani further said that only female teachers will teach female students and that subjects being taught at universities will be reviewed in the coming months.

The new restrictions imposed upon Afghan women are based on the Taliban’s interpretation of the Islamic Sharia law.

The announcement comes days after the Taliban unveiled its new interim government, which comprised of no women despite previous promises of an “inclusive” government.

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