Taliban’s Minister of Education Rejects Complete Ban on Girls Education

Monday, 01/09/2023

The Taliban’s minister of higher education, Neda Mohammad Nadim, said that the group has not made a final decision on the education of women and girls.

Nadim in a meeting with the UN envoy to Kabul, Markus Potzel, said that they will allow girls’ education based on Sharia law.

Bakhtar, the Taliban-controlled news agency, reported the details of the meeting of the UN envoy and the Taliban’s minister of higher education which took place on Saturday.

Since their return to power in August 2021, the Taliban officials have always described the ban on women's education as a "temporary" issue, but they have imposed more restrictions on girls and women over the past months.

The group never allowed women and girls education during their reign in Afghanistan in the 1990s.

The Taliban’s current minister of education is one of the most vocal critics of working women and women’s education among the group’s top leadership. He had previously made harsh and insulting comments about women's work, education, and sports in the previous government.

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