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The New Normal for Women in Afghanistan as Taliban Say Women Can Study in Gender-Segregated Colleges

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Things are fast changing for women in Afghanistan and many of the gender gains being reversed. Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government’s new higher education minister said Sunday.

The announcement came as a Taliban official said Qatar’s foreign minister arrived in the Afghan capital of Kabul — the highest level visitor since the Taliban announced their interim Cabinet. There was no immediate confirmation of the visit by Qatari officials.

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