- Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have suspended women from attending university until further notice.
- The United Nations has expressed its deep concerns for the future of women’s rights in Afghanistan.
- Female students say they are devastated by the Taliban’s decision, as their futures become uncertain.
“You all are informed to immediately implement the mentioned order of suspending education of females until further notice,” the letter read, signed by Mr Nadeem.
Upon the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, university classes became gender-segregated. Source: Getty / Aamir Qureshi
The spokesperson for the ministry, Ziaullah Hashimi, who tweeted the letter, confirmed the order in a text message to news agency AFP.
The universities are currently on winter break and are due to reopen in March.
“Everyone is thinking about the unknown future ahead of them. They buried our dreams.”
“When we were hoping to make progress, they are removing us from the society,” the 26-year-old said.
‘A fundamental human right’
“Education is a fundamental human right. A door closed to women’s education is a door closed to the future of Afghanistan,” he tweeted.