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Taliban ban girls from secondary education in Afghanistan

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The Guardian, 17 September 2021

AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted here on the Taleban’s education policy for girls and women pre-2001 and currently:

“Education and literacy are so strongly valued in Islam that the Taliban could not ban girls schools on Islamic grounds, so they always said they would open them when security improved. It never did. They never opened the schools,” said Kate Clark, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, who worked in Afghanistan at the time. (…)

“There was always the fear that they could be closed in a moment. Or that teachers would be beaten or detained. This happened. Teaching girls was risky, a brave act of resistance, but not impossible.”