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Taliban: Women can study in gender-segregated universities

APTOPIX Afghanistan
Posted at 11:36 AM, Sep 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-12 11:36:24-04

KABUL, Afghanistan — The higher education minister in the new Taliban government says women can study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but that classrooms will be gender-segregated and that Islamic dress is compulsory.

The minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, laid out the new policies at a news conference Sunday, several days after Afghanistan’s new rulers formed an all-male, all-Taliban government.

Haqqani said female university students would be required to wear a hijab.

He did not elaborate on whether this only meant a compulsory headscarf or also mandatory face coverings.