Following the recent decrees issued by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s supreme leader, banning women from attending universities, the United States strongly condemns the move and stands with the women of Afghanistan.
In a press conference on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “we stand with Afghan women and condemn the Taliban’s indefensible decision to restrict women’s education and their basic human rights. These actions by the Taliban will further alienate them from the international community and deny them the legitimacy that they so desire.”
The Press Secretary further added that the United States will continue delivering its much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan, women, in particular during these difficult economic times.
This comes as Afghanistan’s Taliban administration banned women from attending universities and educational institutions in December, accompanied by widespread condemnations within Afghanistan and in the outside world. The U.S. along with other foreign governments had previously condemned the move and called on the Afghan interim authorities to reverse the decision and allow Afghan women and girls to get an education, learn and thrive.
Following the education ban, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Economy made a separate announcement restricting women employees from working with non-governmental organizations, which further added to the problem of women and girls in the country.
The Taliban authorities emphasize creating a pure Islamic environment for women and girls before allowing them to return to schools, universities, and work environments. The dilemma of women’s education and employment has become very complicated for the ruling regime as it contradicts the principles of Islam and Sharia Laws.
The recent moves by the IEA authorities have put them under immense pressure as they are in desperate search of recognition by the international community.