Afghan students are banned from attending mixed-class classes, required to wear abaya, the black dress traditional in some Islamic countries, and to cover their faces with a veil, ‘niqab’, according to a decree by the Taliban regime.
The normative of the Taliban regime comes just days after the reopening of private universities in Afghanistan.
Women enrolled in these educational establishments will still have to leave classes five minutes before male students and wait in waiting rooms until they leave the premises, specifies an ordinance dated Saturday published by the Ministry of Higher Education of the Taliban regime. .
Universities are also obliged to “recruit female teachers for female students” or try to recruit “older female professors” whose morality has been examined, the decree says.
When the Islamic movement first came to power, between 1996 and 2001, the one-sex rule prevented almost all women from studying. At the time, it was mandatory to wear the burka, a long veil that completely covers the head and body and has a sort of net covering the eyes.
Abaya is a kind of dress or robe that covers the body, while the niqab is a veil that covers the face, leaving only the eyes uncovered.
You women’s rights it is one of the issues that most concerns the international community and the Afghan population since the Taliban regime took power last August 15, as everyone is aware of the brutality imposed by the Islamic movement when it was in power, despite the movement’s efforts. demonstrated now to be more moderate.
With regard to non-mixed education, according to statements to the Agence France Presse (AFP) of a university professor who requested anonymity, “it will be complicated from a practical point of view”, since “there are not enough teachers or classrooms for girls from boys”.
Enabling girls to attend school and university is, in itself, an important and positive step.”, he added.
Before the Taliban regime returned to power in Afghanistan, female students were able to attend classes in mixed classes and attend seminars taught by men.
Over the past twenty years, schools and universities have not been spared by the violence that has rocked the country and have suffered several deadly attacks.
The Taliban have always denied any involvement in the attacks, some of which are claimed by the local wing of the Islamic state movement,
However, today, the Taliban announced that they had gained ground in the Panchir Valley, the last major hotbed of armed resistance to the new regime in Afghanistan, where, according to Washington, the conditions for civil war may be in the offing.
Since August 30, with the departure of the last American troops from the country, the forces of the Islamic movement have launched a series of offensives against this landlocked and difficult-to-access valley, located 80 kilometers north of Kabul.
A long-standing stronghold, the area, which Commander Ahmed Shah Massoud helped make famous in the late 1990s before being destroyed by al-Qaeda in 2001, is now home to the National Resistance Front (FNR).
Led by Ahmad Massoud, son of Commander Massoud, the FNR includes members of local militias as well as former members of the Afghan security forces who arrived in the valley when the rest of Afghanistan fell.
According to the Italian non-governmental organization NGO Emergency, which is present in Panchir, Taliban forces arrived on Friday night in Anabah, located in a valley 25 kilometers from Panchir.
Many people have fled from places in the region in recent days”, added Emergency, in a statement, stressing having received “a small number of wounded in the operating room of Anabah”.
A comment posted on Twitter by a Taliban official reported that various parts of Panchir are now under the control of regime forces, while another comment, posted on Twitter by FNR resistance spokesman Ali Maisam Nazary, reported that the FNR “would never fail”.