After the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan last month, restrictions on women’s rights have increased and the latest is the Taliban’s newly appointed chancellor of Kabul University, Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat has announced yesterday that women would be indefinitely barred from the school premises either as lecturers or students.
He also made a statement via his twitter page affirming this saying “I give you my words as chancellor of Kabul University,” “As long as a real Islamic environment is not provided for all, women will not be allowed to come to universities or work. Islam first.”
This new policy is contrary to what they promised when they seized power in August insisting and promising that this time would be better for women, who would be allowed to study, work and even participate in government.
Also, Taliban leaders recently named an all-male cabinet. The new government has also prohibited women from returning to the workplace, citing security concerns, though officials have described that as temporary.
The new policy echoes the Taliban’s first time in power, in the 1990s, when women were only allowed in public if accompanied by a male relative or would be beaten for disobeying, and were kept from school entirely.