Disappointment, teary eyes on Twitter after Afghanistan bans higher education for women

Disappointment, teary eyes on Twitter after Afghanistan bans higher education for women

Netizens said they're robbing females of their basic right to learn and agency over their future, demanding action from the international community.
Updated 21 Dec, 2022

The Taliban government in Afghanistan has issued a ban on university education for women, preventing them from pursuing higher studies. Though no one is surprised — given their history of constant female suppression — Twitter is condemning this gross violation of human rights and demanding that the international community take action.

On Tuesday, the ministry of higher education announced the news in a letter issued to all government and private universities. “You all are informed to implement the mentioned order of suspending the education of females until further notice,” read the letter signed by Minister for Higher Education Neda Mohammad Nadeem.

Netizens are taking a stand on social media, making sure everyone knows what’s going on in Afghanistan. Author Bina Shah also commented on the matter, saying she was “too depressed” to process it and sent God’s wrath on those who deny women their right to education.

A dark day indeed.

International NGO Human Rights Watch denounced the “shameful” decision and stressed on the Afghan Taliban’s utter disregard for women’s rights.

This Twitter user recalled when the Taliban did the same to schoolgirls and said the pain is not surface-level anymore.

More users talked about how the country is becoming one huge prison for women where they are being denied the means for independence.

They called on the world to take action.

From controlling what women wear to what they do with their time, the Taliban government has confirmed everyone’s worst fears when it comes to the suppression of women’s rights. By disallowing them to go to university, they have effectively stripped them of any chance they have at autonomy.

The world was very hesitant about accepting the Taliban government and eyed it suspiciously despite its promises of change. But it did not deliver. We must do all we can to prevent them from inflicting violence on women because yes, denying someone their rights is a form of violence.


Hasnain Haque Dec 21, 2022 04:58pm
It will soon be the same in Pakistan.
Hasnain Haque Dec 21, 2022 04:59pm
Politicians are too busy filling their pockets to worry about what is happening on the border and soon will happen in Pakistan.
Fastrack Dec 21, 2022 05:03pm
And Pakistanis were celebrating and handing out sweets when these thugs came to power
Tony Dec 21, 2022 05:41pm
Who will educate these dudes about Ijtihad?
Rameez Dec 21, 2022 07:25pm
The establishment sponsored and nurtured these brutes ! They are responsible for these hare brain ideas!!
Fawaz Dec 21, 2022 10:24pm
I predict that in the next few years NATO/US will renter Afg and finally out an end to the Taliban. Inshallah!
Truth Hurts Dec 21, 2022 10:57pm
Such moves give Islam a bad name and then Muslim world wonders why western countries treat and assume Muslim world as a backward and primitive civilization !
Dr sahib Dec 22, 2022 12:02am
We're practically BFFs with the Taliban, so not long until Imran Khan starts echoing this for Pakistan as well
shah shaib Dec 22, 2022 12:23am
an highly educated woman can become a boss ordering and dishing out orders and treating husband as low life,,beware as its too late for me shah shaib
shah shaib Dec 22, 2022 12:29am
@Truth Hurts beware give women to much rope and they will put it around your neck and hang you.
Ghani K Dec 22, 2022 12:42am
This blue Burqa is the worst aggression against women. Where are those who were celebrating American's exit from Afghanistan? Taliban , the cave dwellers, are relic of 12th century, doomed to ignorance
Ghani K Dec 22, 2022 12:45am
Primitive, backward group belong to dark age.
Myslad Dec 22, 2022 12:47am
You guys only wished bad on Afghani people. Wait for karma to return
Jondon Dec 22, 2022 01:02am
I think the truth is that they can only enrol in certain subjects
Jimmy Dec 22, 2022 01:03am
Good stay at home and do what women are supposed to do!
sanmetro Dec 22, 2022 01:45am
Pak never thought for long terms; when USA was active on ground in Af; Pak ditched USA by stabbing on back; and Pak always wanted this govt to come to power; so why Pak govt is showing tears; or are they saying they are in shock to see this and they didn't expect this would happen? do they?
Ahmed Dec 22, 2022 02:03am
@Tony We already know about that. Haven't you seen what happened in your countries? Amazing that you are alive to write over here. Give it time.
Dr Tarik Dec 22, 2022 02:30am
What do you expect from the ignorant & they call themselves Muslims.
Anonymouseee Dec 22, 2022 05:26am
Need to hear both sides of the stories. For now all we hear is one side.
Yawar Dec 22, 2022 07:33am
Have the Taliban done anything constructive in Afghanistan like build dams or railroads? Because all we see is their troopers shooting their neighbors across the border and caning their own people on the streets like cattle, and their Mullahs issuing regressive restrictions like no higher education for women.
Guru Dec 22, 2022 08:40am
Taliban are the most visionary people of the world. Their Islam starts with women and ends with women. All pedophiles are very excited about this.
FAZ Dec 22, 2022 09:15am
@Tony Ijtihad is done on current matters. Not on issues decided 100 years back. When these guys come on medical visas to Pakistan, let male doctors see their women!
M. Emad Dec 22, 2022 11:00am
AfPak women.
Vijay B Dec 22, 2022 02:08pm
And what if any, is the stated rationale behind this draconic ordinance?