Girls in Afghanistan will be allowed back to high school as soon as possible, the Taliban report. The extremist group announced last week that boys and male teachers are allowed to return to secondary education, but then said nothing about the return of girls or female staff.
The Taliban report that the girls‘ plan is currently being elaborated. Although they say girls get back to high school as soon as possible, no time path has been announced. A “safe learning environment” should be made possible first, according to a spokesman. What that means is not clear.
Women and girls were heavily suppressed when the Taliban was in power in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. For example, they were not allowed to go to school. Now they have been promised a less stringent regime that is in line with the way the Taliban interprets Islam.
The girls’ education statements follow the announcement of the latest members of the interim government. The last remaining government functions go to men as well. A spokesperson reports that the government will also be women and minorities over time. Many countries have pushed the Taliban for an inclusive government.
The Taliban regained power in Afghanistan in mid-August after nearly twenty years. This happened at the time when the United States and other NATO countries withdrew or had already withdrawn their military personnel. They were surprised by the rapid advance of the extremists, causing chaotic evacuations at the last minute.