Taliban say Afghan girls to return to school ”soon”

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The Taliban has announced that Afghan girls will be allowed to return to school as soon as possible after receiving international backlash and fury over their effective exclusion of women and girls from education and work.

“The work is continuing over the issues of education and work of women and girls,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a press conference, saying schools will reopen to girls “as soon as possible”, without providing a timeframe.

He added that more time is needed because instructions on how to deal with the female’s work, services, and education has to be put in place because the system has changed and an Islamic system is in place.

At the weekend, girls and female teachers were excluded from returning to secondary school, while boys and male teachers were ordered back to the classroom.

The Taliban have also slashed women’s access to work, with officials previously telling them to stay at home for their own security until segregation under the group’s restrictive interpretation of sharia law can be implemented.

The group imposed a harsh interpretation of sharia law during their last rule and this time round have said progress in women’s rights will be respected within the framework of Islamic law.

Many women however are deeply suspicious about the Taliban’s pledges because they did not fulfill the same promise the last time they were in power.



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