Afghanistan: Women can be educated up to university level, Taliban spokesman tells Sky News

Suhail Shaheen delivered a message to the UK prime minister and the international community saying they should "respect the aspiration of the people of Afghanistan", and that they had a "moral obligation" to help rebuild the country.


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Women in Afghanistan will have the right to work and be educated up to university level, a Taliban spokesman has told Sky News.

Suhail Shaheen said “thousands” of schools continue to operate following the Taliban takeover.

Asked if the Taliban promises to respect the freedoms of women, Shaheen said: “Of course… we are committed to women’s rights, to education, to work and to freedom of speech, in the light of our Islamic rules.

He said “all people should be equal… and there should not be discrimination in society”.

Women will be expected to wear the hijab but not the burka, he said.

“These are not our rules, these are Islamic rules”, he added, saying it is “for their security”.

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