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Afghanistan: Taliban Receives Flak For Omitting Women From Universities

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The Taliban yet again is drawing flak. This time for prohibiting women from receiving education from universities. This conduct of the Taliban is being condemned by the world over

Afghanistan: With the arrival of the Taliban to Afghanistan last year, one prominent change among others was the restriction imposed on girls for the attainment of secondary education.

A couple of months down the line and women’s education at universities is prohibited. This imposition led to protests in Kabul on Wednesday.

“Today we come out on the streets of Kabul to raise our voices against the closure of the girls’ universities,” protesters from the Afghanistan Women’s Unity and Solidarity group said.

“They destroyed the only bridge that could connect me with my future,” one Kabul University student said.” BBC reported as female students discussed their plight.
The Taliban officially briskly cleared out the small protest.


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“How can I react? I believed that I could study and change my future or bring the light to my life but they destroyed it.” Another woman student told BBC. She had been studying Sharia Islamic law and argued that the Taliban’s order was contradicting “the rights that Islam and Allah have given us.”

Furthermore, she said “They have to go to other Islamic countries and see that their actions are not Islamic,” she told the BBC.

A Special Rapporteur of the UN to Afghanistan said “a new low further violating the right to equal education and deepens the erasure of women from Afghan society.”

The US said such a move would “come with consequences for the Taliban”.

“The Taliban cannot expect to be a legitimate member of the international community until they respect the rights of all in Afghanistan,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the Pakistan Foreign Minister said, “I still think the easiest path to our goal – despite having a lot of setbacks when it comes to women’s education and other things – is through Kabul and through the interim government.”
Nonetheless, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak responded to this decision of the Taliban and said “denying them access to university is a grave step backwards.”
Additionally, he tweeted, “As a father to daughters, I cannot imagine a world in which they’re denied an education. The women of Afghanistan have so much to offer. Denying them access to university is a grave step backwards. The world is watching. We will judge the Taliban by their actions.”
The flak doesn’t end here, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock tweeted, “I will put the issue on the agenda of the G7 tomorrow. The Taliban may try to make women invisible, but won’t succeed – the world is watching.”
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