Because female students were not dressing appropriately, Afghan educational institutions were closed to them. The Taliban have recently ordered a ban on women’s rights in Afghanistan after taking back control in August of last year, as seen by the announcement made earlier this week. Global outrage has been expressed over it, particularly from Muslim countries who believe it violates Islam and the Group of Seven industrialised democracies who claim it may be “a crime against humanity.”
Since girls have already been kept out of secondary schools since the Taliban returned last year, the prohibition significantly restricts women’s access to education. On Wednesday, some women protested in Kabul, the country’s capital. Afghanistan Women’s Unity and Solidarity protesters said, “Today we come out on the streets of Kabul to express our voices against the closing of the girls’ universities.Taliban officials promptly put an end to the tiny protests. Female pupils have expressed their suffering to the BBC. One student at Kabul University remarked, “They demolished the one bridge that could have connected me with my future.” Governments around the world, including those in India and Arab nations like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, strongly criticised the action (OIC).
In the meantime, the Saudi Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) announced that female students in Saudi Arabia will no longer be permitted to wear the abaya in exam halls, following a similar discourse on the attire of women in educational institutions that had already caused significant protests in India earlier this year. It’s noteworthy that the word “abaya” in Arabic refers to a long, flowy outer garment similar to the burqa.The Abaya requirement was abolished by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for expats and international visitors, but it was not that simple for Saudi women because the dress restriction was tightly enforced by police. He stated in March 2018 that as long as women maintain a’modest’ demeanour in public, they are not required to wear the abaya and hijab.
In the test rooms, they must now wear school uniforms that comply to standards of public decency.
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