The Taliban say that girls in Afghanistan will be allowed to go back to secondary school as soon as possible. Last week, the extremist group announced that boys and male teachers would be allowed to return to secondary education but did not say anything about the return of girls or female staff.
The Taliban report that the plan for girls is currently being worked out. Although they say girls should be allowed to return to high school as soon as possible, no timeline has been disclosed. A “safe learning environment” must first be made possible, according to a spokesperson. However, what that means is not clear.
Women and girls were severely oppressed when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. For example, they were not allowed to go to school. Now they have been promised a less strict regime in line with the Taliban’s interpretation of Islam.
The statements about girls’ education follow the announcement of the newest members of the interim government. The last remaining government positions also go to men. However, a spokesperson said the government would also be made up of women and minorities over time. Many countries have urged the Taliban for an inclusive government.
The Taliban regained power in Afghanistan in mid-August after nearly 20 years. This happened at a time when the United States and other NATO countries withdrew or had already withdrawn their military personnel. As a result, they were surprised by the rapid advance of the extremists, causing chaotic evacuations at the last minute.