Taliban Allow Women in Universities, but Fear Keeps Most at Home

KABUL—Women account for some 60% of the 2,400 students enrolled at Kabul’s Ghalib University, one of many private colleges that sprang up in Afghanistan over the past two decades. When it reopened this week under new Taliban rules, with women and men instructed to attend on alternate days, only 21 female students showed up.

“The women students need to recover their motivation, and their courage. Most of them are too afraid to leave their homes,” said Fatima Sediqi, the head of academic affairs at the university’s school of law and political science. “In the past, everyone went through a dark period. Recalling that time is scaring us, absolutely.”

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