Turkey urges Taliban to U-turn on university ban for women

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Turkey on Thursday urged Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to reverse their decision barring women from university education, calling it “neither Islamic nor humane.”

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The ban by the Taliban, who promised a softer rule when they returned to power after two decades of war last year, drew global condemnation.

“This ban is neither Islamic nor humane,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a televised press conference.

“We do not find it right. God willing, the (Taliban) will reverse this decision,” he said.

“What harm does the education of women do to humanity?”

The ban on higher education comes less than three months after thousands of girls and young women sat university entrance exams across the country, aspiring to continue their education.

The universities are currently on winter break and due to reopen in March.

Most teenage girls across the country have already been banned from secondary school education, severely limiting university intake.

The United States condemned the decision “in the strongest terms” while Britain said it was a “grave step backwards.”

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