The Syrian Women’s Political Movement Statement on the decision to ban university education for women in Afghanistan

The Extremist regime of Taliban did not fulfil the promises it made since seizing power in Afghanistan, to show flexibility and moderation in its authority, as are all fundamentalist movements, which exploit religion to exclude women from public life in Afghanistan.

Today, Taliban is issuing a decision banning university education for women, after the decision to prevent girls from attending secondary schools. Not only that, but they also issued an announcement to all non-governmental organisations, local and international, not to allow women to work, in addition to the restrictions imposed on women’s dress code and working fields.

We, in the Syrian Women’s Political Movement, consider these practices a violation of girls’ and women’s right to education and human rights, deepening inequality in rights, threatening the future of the country, violating the basic freedoms of the Afghan people in general, and affecting the process of change and comprehensive development of Afghan society.

The SWPM also strongly condemn these practices, and we support the Afghan people in their demands and the exercise of their basic rights in accordance with international human rights law.

We call on the international community to put pressure on the Taliban movement in Afghanistan, and on all extremist factions in all places of its control, to stop the systematic repressive practices against girls and women in the first place, and on the society it controls in general, in an attempt to curb liberation and democracy movements, especially the women’s movements, which Calls for equality between genders in human dignity and freedoms.


Freedom for women all over the world


General Secretariat of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement

Monday, December 26, 2022