A bunch of girls took to the streets within the metropolis of Herat in Afghanistan on Saturday, protesting in opposition to a Taliban order this week suspending all feminine college students from attending college within the nation.
Video footage circulating on social media confirmed Taliban officers utilizing a water cannon to disperse the feminine protesters.
Women could possibly be seen operating from the water cannon and chanting “cowards” at officers.
The Taliban’s announcement this week that it was suspending college training for feminine college students was its newest step in an ongoing clampdown on the freedoms of Afghan girls.
The transfer got here regardless of the group promising when it returned to energy final 12 months that it might honor girls’s rights.
It follows the same transfer in March this 12 months that barred ladies from returning to secondary colleges.
Male college students in universities throughout the nation have responded to the most recent training ban by boycotting their exams in protest.
“Schooling is the obligation of women and men,” learn an announcement from the Mirwais Nika Institute of Larger Schooling in Kandahar issued Saturday. “It’s the basic proper and secret of the nation’s improvement and self-reliance.”
College students had first requested Taliban officers to reverse the ban however “no optimistic response” was given, the varsity stated – including that “dissatisfaction and unhappiness” fueled the boycott.
One college official informed CNN that the scholars’ resolution to boycott their admissions exams would result in courses being placed on maintain.
The Taliban returned to energy in Afghanistan in August 2021 in a lightning takeover following the withdrawal of US troops, having beforehand dominated the nation from 1996 till 2001 – when the US-led invasion compelled the group from energy.
Underneath its earlier interval of rule the group was infamous for its therapy of girls as second-class residents.
After seizing energy final 12 months, the group made quite a few guarantees that it might defend the rights of girls and ladies.
However activists say the Taliban have reneged on their phrase and are steadily chipping away at girls’s freedoms as soon as once more.
On Saturday, the group ordered all native and worldwide non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within the nation to cease feminine staff from attending work. Non-compliance would outcome within the revoking of NGO licenses, an official ministry discover learn.
A spokesman informed CNN the transfer was because of the non-observation of Islamic gown guidelines and different legal guidelines and laws of the Islamic Emirate.
Afghan girls can not work in most sectors.
Their journey rights have additionally been severely restricted and entry to public areas considerably curtailed. Ladies are additionally required to totally cowl themselves in public – together with their faces.