Taliban Bans Female Education from Universities in Afghanistan

Taliban Bans Female Education from Universities in Afghanistan

December 23, 2022 - 9:59 am

Taliban's Latest Crackdown on Afghan Women's freedom

In the latest crackdown on the freedom of Afghan’s women, Taliban-led Afghanistan tightens its grip on Afghanistan's power by banning female’s education from attending private and public Universities in Afghanistan. The decision comes after Afghan girls appeared for their high school graduation exams, even though the Taliban has banned them from classrooms since takeover was done by the Taliban in the country last year. They have also banned girls from middle school and high school and ordered them to put on head-to-toe attire in public. The cause of the ban has not been reasoned or reacted to this fierce. This regressive decision was widely brought swift criticism across the world. 

The U-Turn of Taliban

Since taking control in August 2021, the vision of Islamic law, or Sharia has widely been imposed by the Taliban, despite initially pledging a more moderate government that would respect the rights of women and minorities. They started imposing a curtain on Afghan women by any means as soon as they established their old tradition. The Taliban have also reinstated the rule that all women must cover themselves from head to toe in public and forbidden women from going alone without a male guardian, which has kept many of them in their homes. The initial shock following the Taliban's takeover of Kabul's government is dissipating. The Taliban have begun to reveal their true colours after initially displaying some amount of restraint in order to acquire foreign acceptance, money, and recognition.

Impact of Ban on Afghanistan Economy

According to Reporters Without Borders data, the economy would experience a severe downturn if rights for women in the labour were denied. In addition to losing their rights, many households headed by women may face a gloomy future. According to the World Bank, 36% of teachers in the nation were women in 2019, which was a 20-year high. However, since the Taliban banned girls' education in March 2022, the majority of female educators have been rendered unemployed. Less than 100 of Kabul's 700 female journalists were still employed by the end of 2021. 

The Limitation of International Community

It appears that the Taliban is mostly resistant to these influences, despite the necessity for international legitimacy, economic reason, and even the imperative of preserving a cordial relationship with its closest "friend." The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing economic and geopolitical crisis are of great concern to the West. It appears that the Taliban regime can violate citizens' rights, especially those of women, without facing much internal concerns. In such circumstances, the limitations of the international community must be acknowledged and quickly addressed in multilateral fora. Therefore, the international community must work together to preserve Afghan women's and girls' rights and make sure that the country's de facto leaders are held responsible for their deeds.  

The Way Forward

It is obvious that Taliban 2.0 is nothing like the Taliban who ruled the nation from 1996 to 2001. Narrated by certain media outlets, the tales of a "reformed" and "moderate" Taliban were naive. It is evident that the nation has returned to the regressive, authoritarian, misogynistic governance that was a trademark of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the 1990s with this most recent action. It also demonstrates the degree to which the international world may influence the Afghan Taliban. The Taliban's attempts to gain worldwide recognition for their government and support from possible donors at a time when the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is only getting worse will undoubtedly be harmed by the action. Taliban commanders have been asked by the international community to reopen schools and grant women the opportunity to use public spaces. All three Muslim nations—Turkey, Qatar, and Pakistan—have voiced their displeasure at the university restriction and encouraged officials to reverse or rethink their decision.