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‘No motive’ for optimism that Taliban’s ban on ladies’ training will finish, human rights analyst warns

Women’ classroom in Afghanistan. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP by way of Getty Pictures

Boys in grades 7-12 returned to highschool in Afghanistan on Saturday for the primary time in months, however ladies of the identical age didn’t, as they successfully stay banned from going to class by the Taliban.

The group has advised it might permit ladies to return to secondary faculty as soon as the nation’s safety scenario eases, however there’s widespread hypothesis that these are empty phrases. The final time the Taliban dominated Afghanistan, they by no means formally banned ladies’ training, however maintained all through their reign that it wasn’t secure for them to attend.

Heather Barr, the affiliate director of Human Rights Watch’s Ladies’s Rights Division, instructed The Wall Road Journal the present scenario “feels very acquainted” to the interval between 1996 and 2001 when Afghan girls and ladies “had been instructed to be affected person and watch for a day that by no means got here.” Now, she mentioned, there may be as soon as once more “no motive for a lot optimism that this ban will finish.”

Main school-aged ladies are allowed again in class, although they will be taught individually from boys, and a few non-public universities have additionally been given the go forward to open gender-segregated school rooms. Nonetheless, many feminine college students have opted towards attending out of concern, the Journal experiences.

The newest growth might counsel that the extra reasonable, pragmatic voices inside the Taliban are dropping out to hard-liners in coverage fights for the time being, Mabouba Suraj, the pinnacle of the Afghan Ladies’s Community, instructed The Related Press. Learn extra at The Wall Road Journal.

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