Women in Afghanistan may continue studying at universities, including at the post-graduate level, but classrooms must be gender-segregated and enforce an Islamic dress code, the newly formed government of the Taliban terror group announced Sunday.
The Taliban’s higher education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, laid out the new policies regarding women at a news conference on September 12 in Kabul.
Haqqani said hijabs, or head coverings, will be mandatory for female university students. He did not specify if this meant the headscarves would need to be worn so that they also conceal a woman’s face, or if separate veils, known as niqabs, would be required.
“Gender segregation will also be enforced,” Haqqani said on Sunday.