The Taliban has banned women from colleges and universities, and faculty members are not allowed to take online classes for female students.
It was a shock to Zuhal Hashmi, a student at Bakhtar University in Kabul, when she learned that the Taliban had banned women from universities. Saturn is a BBA student and on the day of the announcement, she went to the university for the last semester exam. “All the girls were present, but the Taliban only allowed boys on campus,” Zuhal said. Sunday Guardian Over the phone.
Zuhal added, “All the girls begged for hours, but the students did not allow us and in the end they threatened to shoot us.” She was crying as she recounted her ordeal. First, the Taliban regime expelled female faculty members from higher education institutes, then separated classrooms for boys and girls, and the current dictates have been a blow to the thousands of female students studying in Afghan colleges and universities.
Zuhal’s father was in the Afghan army but after the Taliban took over he became unemployed. Saturn has a total of 11 family members, six sisters, one brother, wife, two children, and two parents.
She was working in a bank part time to support her family. But the Taliban also prevented the girls from working in the bank. “They kidnapped my work to earn bread,” said Saturn. Her brother works for Target and is now the only earner for the whole family.
Like many other female students, Saturn is also worried about her future. “The women here are in psychological trauma. We don’t know what will happen to us,” Saturn said. Her teachers assigned the students, and on the basis of the appointments, the girls will be given the last exam.
They have asked their professor about their future education, “but they are also not aware of our future.” Now girls in Afghanistan are requesting online classes, but the faculty says they are not allowed to take online classes for female students.
A video of women protesting in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has emerged on social media. Women can be seen in the videos demanding their right to education. In one of the videos, the Taliban is also seen using water cannons to stop the protesters.
Various Islamic countries condemned the new Taliban rule. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on the Taliban to rescind the ban, which he said was “neither Islamic nor humane”.
Saudi Arabia has also urged the Taliban to change course. A statement by the Saudi Foreign Ministry said that the decision was “astonishing in all Islamic countries.” The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, also condemned the move, calling the ban “another terrible and cruel blow to the rights of Afghan women and girls and a deeply regrettable setback for the entire country.”
Jamila, a remedial medicine student at the Afghan-Swiss Medical Institute of Higher Education, was on her way to her eleventh semester exam. But like the others, she was also not allowed into the campus. “I got information about this ban via a WhatsApp Class group. From that moment on, my life turned upside down,” Jamila recounted her ordeal over the phone. She added, “The only thing left for me is to cry.”
Beautiful teachers asked students to wait until further notice. Jamila has ten members in the family, five brothers, three sisters, and two parents. Her three brothers are abroad and two are in Afghanistan. Her father is a retired employee of the Ministry of Agriculture and she is currently working as a part-time nurse to support her family.
“Even one of my classmates tried to commit suicide,” Jamila said. “We girls are empty. I always wanted to contribute to society as a professional doctor, but this ruined my life,” Jamila said, crying. Her parents comfort her by saying: “God is over everything.”
Not only this dictates, but the deplorable situation of electricity and internet is also a major problem for Afghan students. According to Nada Muhammad Nadeem, Minister of Higher Education in the Taliban government, the reason behind this ban is that female students have ignored Islamic instructions including what to wear or to be accompanied by a male relative when traveling.
“Unfortunately, after 14 months have passed, the instructions of the Ministry of Higher Education in the Islamic Emirate regarding women’s education have not been implemented,” Nadeem said in an interview with state television. “They were dressed as if they were going to a wedding. These girls who were coming to universities from home were not following the veil instructions,” he added.
Many students in Afghanistan were aware that this ban might come soon. Last month, a classmate of mine said that the Taliban might prevent girls from attending institutes of higher learning. “But I thought it was fake news, but they did it today,” Jamila said. I also reported on the current situation in Afghanistan. It’s winter and there’s no clothes to wear. I work in the maternity ward, there is no food, and we are in crisis. “All the women and their newborns suffer from malnutrition,” Jamila said.