The new Minister of Higher Education Abdul Baqi Haqqani assured that shared spaces “conflict with Islamic principles” and also conflict with “national values”.
Islamabad. (DPA/EP)-The Taliban have confirmed that women will be able to continue university education, but they will require them to do so in separate classes or shifts from men. This is because the Taliban believe this is how “Islamic principles” should be respected.
The new Minister of Higher Education Abdul Baqi Haqqani assured that shared spaces “conflict with Islamic principles” and also conflict with “national values”. He said, “This is against the customs of the Afghans.”
Colleges with enough space should separate students according to gender. If not, they can divide classes or establish different times.
The Taliban regime also proposed a new dress code for female students and said it would try to hire female teachers. Haqqani stated that, if this is impossible, men can still teach as long as they follow the Sharia or Islamic law.
The increasing role of women in Afghanistan’s new scene has attracted much attention. This was expressed by groups in Afghanistan who took to the streets, despite increased Taliban pressure. They claim that they have the right and obligation to preserve the freedoms enjoyed over the past two decades.
Women were not allowed to attend classes under their previous regime (1996-2001). Although they said they would not return to that time, they made it clear that they will continue to enforce their Islamic law vision over all others. There are other considerations regarding freedom and rights. His provisional government doesn’t include any women.