The Taliban regime banning the entry of women into Universities in Afghanistan has boomeranged on the regime as male students in many universities today boycotted their classes in solidarity with women classmates.
Heart-rendering scenes of the Hijab-wearing women students crying and hugging each other at the gates of their universities where they were barred from entering Wednesday morning. The video of the scene has been posted on Twitter.
The brave & talented women of Afghanistan are devastated this morning as the Taliban prevent them from entering their universities following the BAN on female university education.— Shabnam Nasimi (@NasimiShabnam) December 21, 2022
This is horrifying to watch. This isn’t right. We mustn’t stay silent.
Videos of the men walking out of the examination centers in Afghanistan have been posted on social media. A professor has resigned from his post in protest against the anti-women decision.
Male students at Nangarhar university are walking away from their exam in a show of solidarity with the female students to protest the Taliban ban on girls’ education. #LetHerLearn #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/EDgaVazmB5— Abdulhaq Omeri (@AbdulhaqOmeri) December 21, 2022
Globally, the Taliban regime has come under unprecedented criticism for this act. The government of Qatar which offered its land to the Taliban to open its political office and for holding negotiations with the US and other stakeholders for the group’s return to Afghanistan has issued a strong statement on the ban on women’s education.
Statement | Qatar Expresses Deep Concern, Disappointment over Decision to Suspend Study of Girls, Women in Afghanistan's Universities#MOFAQatar pic.twitter.com/pE65ghWLbu— Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Qatar (@MofaQatar_EN) December 21, 2022
Even the Organisation of Islamic Countries has condemned the ban imposed by the Taliban on women.
Following the decision by the de facto Administration in #Afghanistan to close down universities for #girls and #women for an unspecified period, the #OIC Secretary-General of the H.E. #Hissein_Brahim_Taha, expresses his grave concern & denunciation of this disconcerting decision pic.twitter.com/PoSq9uQ2d3— OIC (@OIC_OCI) December 21, 2022
A Professor at Kabul University has resigned in protest against the move and posted this message on Twitter:
To mark my protest against the unjust and immoral ban on girls education by the current regime in Afghanistan, I have resigned from my position as a faculty member at Kabul University. I am opposing this brutal clampdown on girls education even if I have to stand alone. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/nOg5gjqsFZ— Obaidullah Wardak (@Obaidwardak7) December 21, 2022
The Human Rights Watch has posted this message against the Taliban on Twitter:
Afghan Historian, a website of the country's history, has said Afghanistan is a country where grandmothers went to university but now their granddaughters cannot. In other countries, it is often the other way around.
Afghanistan is a country where grandmothers went to university but now their granddaughters cannot. In other countries, it is often the other way around. Let this sink in. https://t.co/AoPudmenpc— Afghan Historians (@AfghanHistorian) December 20, 2022
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This move that effectively bans womens' education in Afghanistan has clearly backfired on the 17-month regime.