Armed guards prevented women from entering university campuses in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday. The scandalous refusal comes a day after the Taliban issued a ban on higher education for women, in stark contrast to previous promises not to jeopardize women’s right to higher education.
Numerous transmigrated women, wearing the obligatory headscarves, stood in groups and talked to each other.
I’ve “lost it all”
21 years old Sitara Farahmand He teaches German literature at Kabul University, and among those who described oppression with words:
They just want the woman to stay home and give birth. That’s it, they don’t want women to do anything other than that, she says.
Other women spoke of having “lost everything” that day.
hovering in uncertainty
Elsewhere in the country, women tried to make sense of what had really happened, and to comfort each other as best they could. The student was in Kunduz Believes23, who sought support from her three sisters when the news reached her via social media.
– We hugged each other and screamed and cried and exclaimed, “Why is this happening to us?” She tells Agence France-Presse.
Other women hovered for a long time in uncertainty about whether the ban was imposed.
– My sister studies computer science… I didn’t tell her last night. I know she will be traumatized,” said a young law student, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation from the Taliban regime.
The men protest
Male students also expressed their disappointment. They stressed that banning women from entering universities is further evidence of the Taliban’s illiterate lack of knowledge, whether about Islam or human rights.
In the eastern city of Jalalabad, a group of students boycotted their exams in protest against the decision.
Women also hope that men will increasingly stand behind them, as is the case in Iran where men have joined the ongoing protests against the regime there and its suppression of women.
– We don’t have jobs, we can’t get anywhere, we can’t leave the country, says a 29-year-old woman who until recently studied literature in Kabul.
She believes that if the Taliban do not change their mind and make up their minds, male students should boycott their studies.
They also have to stay home until the girls are allowed to come back.
The United Nations and the United States condemn
Condemnations of the Taliban regime’s actions have come from both the United Nations and the United States in the strongest possible terms.
The Taliban once again seized power in Afghanistan last year, in connection with the exit of US and NATO forces from the country after 20 years of existence.
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