13 September 2021
Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the higher education minister said Sunday. The minister laid out the new policies at a news conference, several days after Afghanistan's new rulers formed an all-male government.
The Taliban have suggested they have changed, including in their attitudes toward women. However, female university students will face restrictions under the Taliban, including a compulsory dress code Gender segregation will also be enforced, and universities must "have the capability to have separated buildings" for males and females. He said the subjects being taught in universities would also be reviewed but did not elaborate. The Taliban have banned music and art during their previous time in power.
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