Responsible reactions to the Taliban’s decision continue Preventing women from university educationNot only from countries, human rights organizations and the international community, even Afghan artists wanted to express their rejection of the decision in their own way.
The Afghan artist, Hassan Rezaei, chose a symbolic image that was very expressive of the subject, as he used the message of the Ministry of Higher Education, which included the decision to prevent females from university education as a cover for a woman’s body, or perhaps intended as a shroud for her. He also attached the image to the famous phrase “Seek knowledge from cradle to grave.”
It is noteworthy that the Taliban had decided, last Tuesday, to ban university education for women in Afghanistan for an indefinite period, according to a letter sent by the Ministry of Higher Education to all public and private universities.
The letter, signed by Minister Nada Muhammad Nadeem, said: “I inform all of you to implement the aforementioned order to stop female education until further notice.”
And the Minister of Higher Education of the Taliban, Muhammad Nadeem, said yesterday, Sunday, that “if they drop an atomic bomb on us, we will not back down” from the decision to prevent university education for women.
He added, “We are ready for sanctions imposed on us by the international community.”
The Taliban’s decisions have not stopped so far at preventing girls from university education, but the movement issued, on Saturday, orders to non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan to prevent them from employing women, without specifying whether this includes foreign workers. The movement justified the decision by not following the appropriate dress code, including the hijab, and threatened to suspend the licenses of organizations that do not implement the decision. The move drew condemnation from the international community and fears of its impact on the delivery of aid, and comes as part of a series of decisions taken by the movement restricting the freedom and rights of women in the country.
And the ban on higher education for women came less than 3 months after thousands of them took university entrance exams across the country.
After the hardliners seized power in August last year, universities were forced to implement new rules, including gender-segregated classrooms and entrances, and only female professors and elderly men were allowed to teach female students.
On March 23, girls across the country were banned from secondary education, severely reducing the number of them in universities.
On October 12, the United States announced that it had imposed new sanctions on the Taliban for violating the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.