Dozens of female students, social activists and teachers protested on Thursday in reaction to the ban on university education of girls in Kabul, Takhar and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan.
The suspension of university education for girls was put in place the day right before the final exams, banning female students from attending both private and public universities effective from December 21.
The suspension of universities for Afghan girls received criticism and caused demonstrations in different parts of the country. Some social activists and students came on the streets of Kabul calling for “women’s access to education and work”. The protests will continue until their demands are fulfilled. One protestor said. They also chanted “education for all, or education no one”.
Furthermore, a number of male university lecturers at Kabul University and other academic institutions resigned in protest against the ban on women’s education, saying there is no reason for them to educate boys while girls are being deprived of their very natural and fundamental human rights.
“From the perspective of Islam, men and women have the right to study, learn and educate. It means they have the right to study and educate,” said Ahmad Rahman Alizada, a religious cleric.
Following the suspension of university education for girls, the act drew mass criticism from foreign governments and the international community including the United States of America, the United Nations, and the United Kingdom. Different organizations called on the Taliban’s de facto regime to revoke their decision and immediately allow women to access education and work.
However, the Islamic Emirate authorities have not yet commented in this regard, emphasizing on providing a decent Islamic and cultural environment for female students, before the resumption of universities.