UN envoy meets with Afghan higher-ed chief over ban on ladies
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A high U.N. envoy met with the Taliban-led Afghan authorities’s larger schooling minister Saturday to debate the ban on ladies attending universities. Markus Potzel is the primary worldwide official to fulfill with him because the ban was launched final month.
Taliban authorities on Dec. 20 ordered private and non-private universities to shut for girls instantly till additional discover. It triggered widespread worldwide condemnation, together with from Muslim-majority international locations reminiscent of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.
Increased Training Minister Nida Mohammad Nadim has defended the ban, saying it’s vital to forestall the blending of genders in universities and since he believes some topics violate Islamic ideas.
That ban was adopted days later by a ban on Afghan ladies working for nationwide and worldwide non-governmental teams, one other determination that brought on world condemnation and the suspension of labor by main assist businesses.
The U.N. mission in Afghanistan mentioned that particular envoy Markus Potzel known as for the pressing lifting of those bans in his assembly with Nadim, saying the nation is coming into a brand new interval of disaster. “Taliban bans on feminine schooling & work for assist businesses will hurt all Afghans,” the mission mentioned.
Nadim’s response to Potzel’s request wasn’t instantly recognized. Messages left with a spokesperson weren’t instantly returned.
Potzel has additionally met with Financial system Minister Qari Din Mohammed Hanif, who issued the NGO ban; Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi; Inside Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani and former President Hamid Karzai in latest days to debate the crackdowns on ladies and ladies.
The discussions come forward of a closed-door assembly of the U.N. Safety Council on Jan. 13 about Afghanistan.
Nadim, a former provincial governor, police chief and army commander, was appointed minister in October by the supreme Taliban chief and beforehand pledged to stamp out secular education. He opposes feminine schooling, saying it’s in opposition to Islamic and Afghan values.
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