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The Taliban Has Banned Women From Attending University In Afghanistan

The Taliban has ordered all higher education institutions in Afghanistan to ban women from attending classes.

The Taliban has ordered all higher education institutions in Afghanistan to ban women from attending classes, in the latest restriction on women.

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A woman student sits inside a classroom after private universities reopened in Kabul on September 6, 2021. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

The announcement on Tuesday Dec. 20 came just a few months after students had completed university entrance exams.

“You all are informed to implement the mentioned order of suspending education of females until further notice,” the announcement from Afghanistan’s minister of higher education, Neda Mohammad Nadeem, read.

Previously, the Taliban had only allowed women to attend university as long as classes were segregated by gender.

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Afghan female students take entrance exams at Kabul University in Kabul on October 13, 2022. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

At the same time, only women professors and older men were allowed to teach women students.

Women were also restricted from obtaining degrees in journalism, engineering, economics, agriculture, and veterinary science according to the BBC.

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Students are preparing and studying for the Kankor exam at a private tutoring center in Bamyan, Afghanistan on Sep. 23, 2022. (MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES)

Just last year, the Taliban banned girls from going to middle and high school after it announced that secondary schools were re-opening for boys.

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Mozhda, 16, a 10th grade student listens during class at the Zarghoona high school on July 24 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

The government denied banning girls from school, saying they needed to build “safer and better educational environment” and rethink girls’ uniforms to follow Islamic law.

At the moment, only elementary schools are opened to girls, but classes are segregated starting from fourth grade.

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Students prepare and study for the Kankor exam at a private tutoring center in Bamyan, Afghanistan on Sep. 23, 2022. (MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES)

Since its takeover, the Taliban has ordered all women in Afghanistan to wear burqas covering themselves from head to toe when going out in public.

Women have also been banned from traveling across the country without a male chaperone.

Women’s rights organizations and the international community has condemned the Taliban’s mounting restrictions on women and girls.

During its rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban enforced a strict interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law, banning girls and women from going to school and working and requiring them to be accompanied by a male relative and wear a burqa at all times in public.

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Students from the faculties of Political Science and Medicine attend their graduation ceremony at the Malalai University in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 19, 2022. (Photo by JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images)

Women who disobeyed were whipped or executed. Cultural activities and media, such as art, movies and music, were also prohibited.

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