‘Grave step backwards’, Says UK PM on Taliban University Education Ban for Women

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak criticized the recent Taliban’s decision to ban university education for women in Afghanistan, saying “denying them access to university is a grave step backwards.”

On December 21, Rishi Sunak said that as a father to daughters, he cannot imagine a world in which they are denied an education.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stressed that Afghan women have so much to offer.

In an official letter sent to state and private universities, the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education has indefinitely banned higher education for female students. Higher education is “suspended” for female students until further notice, the letter reads.

In his statement, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak added that the world is watching and stressed that the Taliban would be judged by their actions.

This decision by the Taliban has drawn reactions inside and outside the country. The US, Germany, The UK, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Pakistan, the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Human Rights Watch and many more have condemned this decision.