By Rukhshana Media
Three months after the Taliban’s return to power, the group announced women will not return to schools for the rest of the school year. Instead they are expected to return to schools and universities under “Islamic principles” for next year, the group’s spokesperson said on Thursday.
“Our sisters should be assured, their schools will reopen. The Islamic Emirate is trying to build a mechanism in accordance with Islamic principles and national interests. Then all girls’ schools will reopen,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman in a gathering in the west of Kabul.
Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, the group has banned almost all women’s work and education, saying the Taliban are working on a framework to allow women to return to work and education. This is the first time they provided a deadline as to when women will be allowed to return to public life.
The news come on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, adding to the alarming signs of a surge in violence agaisnt women. Nine out of 10 Afghan women experience at least one form of domestic violence in their lifetime, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said on Thursday.