Recently the Taliban have announced that women who want to study in Afghanistan have to use gender-segregated classrooms.
The new government also announced that the new dress code ‘Hijab’ will be compulsory for all women when they will visit outside.
The new higher education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani confirmed this at a press conference last week.
Haqqani said, “women would be allowed to continue their university education, but it would be compulsory to wear a hijab.”
“We will not allow boys and girls to study together,” he added.
Also in the classroom, female students are allowed to be taught by the women teachers, and the subject matter will be reviewed by the Taliban.
Before the new Afghan government, women in Afghanistan have not followed any dress code in universities and the number of women taking education was a record high.
“We are receiving increasing reports where the Taliban have prohibited women from appearing in public places without male chaperones and prevented women from working. They have limited girls’ access to education in some regions,” the UN secretary general’s special representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, told the security council last week.
Heather Barr, co-director of the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, said the approach of the Taliban was one “where women are, in theory, allowed to continue some of their day-to-day functions, but only under constraints that essentially make them operate in a world that’s almost entirely separate from boys and men”