The ruling Taliban says girls in Afghanistan will soon be able to go to school. The Taliban announced the names of the remaining members of their new cabinet at a news conference on Tuesday. According to the news, no woman is getting a place in the entire cabinet, the matter is now officially clear.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the remaining cabinet posts on Tuesday. Although the details are not yet known.
“We are finalising things… it will happen as soon as possible,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, said regarding girls’ education there.
The Taliban were notorious for their brutal, oppressive rule from 1996 to 2001, when women were largely barred from work and school, including being banned from leaving their homes unless accompanied by a male relative.
One month after seizing power and pledging a softer version of their previous regime, the Islamists have incrementally stripped away at Afghans’ freedoms.
During the weekend, the education ministry issued a diktat ordering male teachers and students back to secondary school — but made no mention of the country’s women educators and girl pupils.
At a press conference in Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said of the return of girls to school: “We are finalising things… it will happen as soon as possible.”
He added that “a safe learning environment” needed to be established beforehand.