Women in Afghanistan feared the day would come when the Taliban would ban them from studying at a university – and tragically that day is here.
In their latest decree, the Taliban stated women are no longer allowed to attend college – devastating women all across Afghanistan who were pursuing an education to improve their quality of life.
And despite international pressure, the Taliban remains relentless and refuses to reverse their decision, and here’s how women in Afghanistan are handling the latest blow to their rights.
Several girls were already attending university and had been gearing up to take their final exams when they heard the devastating news – they could not return to school.
As they showed up to take their finals – they were turned away – and began crying in grief over the bleak future that awaited them.
Al Jazeera reported:
“On Tuesday, the Taliban told all public and private universities to “[suspend] education of girls until further notice”, according to a statement issued by the Taliban’s Minister of Higher Education Nida Mohammad Nadim said.
The Taliban did not give a reason for the ban. The Ministry of Higher Education did not respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
The gates of several prominent universities were blocked by Taliban vehicles on Wednesday morning in an attempt to prevent women from entering campuses, several students told Al Jazeera.”
This is incredibly heartbreaking.
Since the Taliban took over – girls had already been banned from attending high school – with sixth grade being the highest grade they are allowed to finish.
“Hasti, a third-year political studies student, was preparing for her final exam scheduled for Wednesday when she heard the news, and spent the evening crying in front of her study materials instead.
“I have done my best to study, it is very hard for me, because right now I have to stop my studying and my goals are not achievable…. if the situation continues like this for women, it means women and girls are being buried alive,” she said.”
But this move is no surprise since the Taliban does not respect women nor cares about their future.
Women are forced to cover their faces and hair in public – and those who don’t are severely punished.
They aren’t allowed to travel long distances without a male chaperone – and any hint of dissent leads to public humiliation.
Please continue to keep women in Afghanistan in your prayers.
The youngest are sold into sex slavery by their own fathers…
… with some men willfully selling their own organs and even their daughters to “survive.”
It’s heartbreaking to read about the continual violations of basic human rights by a regime that seeks to gain power at all costs.
As we pray, let’s pray for God to draw members of the Taliban to Himself – so they can repent and turn from their wicked ways.
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