Afghanistan: women and men resume university classes separated by a curtain

The university classes in Afghanistan, after the Taliban seized power, they returned this Monday with a significant modification in the classrooms: from now on, men and women will be separated by a curtain that divides the class in two, as shown in a photograph taken at Avicenna University in Kabul.

Last week, the acting minister of education, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, had advanced that the fundamentalist movement it would allow the attendance of women to the university but without mixed classes.

This Monday, the main Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, assured in a press conference that “women are an important part of our society” and insisted that The rights of women will be respected according to sharia or Islamic law.

Although the situation of women in Afghanistan promises to be different from that suffered during the previous Taliban government, in force between 1996 and 2001, when they were prohibited from studying at any level and even working, the truth is that the fear for the future of their rights is one of the biggest concerns circulating in the territory.

Sharia does not expressly impose the segregation of women from men they are not close relatives, but it is a custom of the conservative Pashtun community, the majority ethnic group in Afghanistan, that separates boys from girls when they reach puberty.

This Monday, Afghan women took to the streets again, this time in Mazar i Sharif, in the province of Balkh, to demand that the Taliban protect their fundamental human rights. Local sources said they were asking that they be allowed to continue their education and that they be taken into account in a future Taliban government.

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Last week, the Taliban suppressed the fourth women’s march in Kabul with tear gas and fire in the air. “They prevented us from continuing the march and said that it is not allowed to go to the door of the Presidential Palace,” said one of the protest organizers, who requested anonymity. “They used gunshots and tear gas to disperse us, even if five women gather in one place to protest they disperse them,” he added.


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