Afghanistan: Taliban replace women’s ministry with a ministry of “vice and virtue”
The Taliban replaced the Afghan women’s ministry with an all-male âministry of vice and virtueâ.
The new ministry is charged with upholding the group’s extreme interpretation of Islam.
Ministry officials told The Associated Press they had not been told if a new women’s ministry was planned.
It comes like schools through Afghanistan reopened for boys from Saturday, effectively banning girls from secondary education despite the group’s previous commitment.
New Taliban the education ministry’s announcement did not mention when girls could return to class, even in environments where gender segregation is respected.
He said public and private schools at primary and secondary levels, as well as official religious schools in the madrasa, would open from Saturday.
“All male teachers and students should go to school,” the statement said.
It comes after staff at the World Bank’s $ 100million (Â£ 72million) women’s economic empowerment and rural development program were escorted out of the former ministry by the Taliban in Kabul.
Sharif Akhtar, a member of the program who was escorted with his staff, said he could not say how or if the program could continue.
Most educational institutions remain closed across Afghanistan, more than a month after the Taliban captured Kabul.
Girls up to the sixth grade managed to attend some schools and women went to university, but girls’ high schools have been closed.
The Taliban have said they will not replicate the fundamentalist policies of the previous Taliban government, which banned girls from going to school.
The girls will be able to study as long as they do so in separate classes, the group said.
Although Taliban leaders have not ordered schools to be closed, they said the security situation means that many activities for women and girls are not yet possible.
Meanwhile, a series of explosions targeted Taliban vehicles in the capital of Nangarhar province.
The three explosions left at least three dead and 20 injured.
While no one immediately claimed responsibility for the Jalalabad bombing, the Islamic State-affiliated group ISIS-K, which opposes the Taliban, has its headquarters in eastern Afghanistan.
Also on Saturday, a sticky bomb exploded in the capital, leaving two injured, police said.