Ladies in Afghanistan can remain to research in universities, including at postgraduate degrees, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is obligatory, the college priest in the brand-new Taliban government said on Sunday.
The preacher, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, outlined the new plans at a news conference, several days after Afghanistan’s new leaders formed an all-male government. On Saturday, the Taliban had actually increased their flag over the presidential palace, signalling the begin of the work of the brand-new government.
The world has actually been watching very closely to see to what level the Taliban might act differently from their first time in power, in the late 1990s. Throughout that age, women and also ladies were denied an education and learning and were excluded from public life.
The Taliban have actually recommended they have actually transformed, consisting of in their mindsets toward ladies. Nonetheless, females have been prohibited from sports as well as the Taliban have made use of physical violence in current days against females protesters demanding equal rights.
Haqqani stated the Taliban did not wish to turn the clock back twenty years. “We will start building on what exists today,” he said.
Nevertheless, female university students will certainly deal with constraints, consisting of a mandatory gown code. Haqqani stated hijabs will certainly be obligatory but did not specify if this suggested mandatory headscarves or likewise mandatory face coverings.
Gender segregation will certainly likewise be applied, he claimed. “We will certainly not permit children as well as women to examine with each other,” he said. “We will certainly not allow co-education.”
Haqqani said the subjects being instructed would also be evaluated. While he did not fancy, he claimed he desired graduates of Afghanistan’s universities to be competitive with university graduates in the region and the rest of the world.
The Taliban banned music and art during their previous time in power. This time around television has remained and news channels still show women presenters, but the Taliban messaging has been erratic.
In an interview on Afghanistan’s popular Tolo News, Taliban spokesman Syed Zekrullah Hashmi said women should give birth and raise children and while the Taliban have not ruled out eventual participation of women in government, the spokesman said it’s not necessary that women be in the cabinet.
The Taliban seized power on Aug 15, the day they overran the capital of Kabul after capturing outlying provinces in a rapid military campaign. They initially promised inclusiveness and a general amnesty for their former opponents, but many Afghans remain deeply fearful of the new rulers.
Taliban police officials have beaten Afghan journalists, violently dispersed women’s protests and formed an all-male government despite saying initially they would invite broader representation.
The new higher education policy signals a change from the accepted practice before the Taliban takeover. Universities were co-ed, with men and women studying side by side, and female students did not have to abide by a dress code. However, the vast majority of female university students opted to wear headscarves in line with traditions.
In elementary and high schools, boys and girls were taught separately, even before the Taliban came to power. In high schools, girls had to wear tunics reaching to their knees and white headscarves, and jeans, makeup and jewellery were not permitted.