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Women speak out after Taliban expels female university students

origin 1Afghan schoolgirls pose for a photo in a classroom in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, December 22, 2022 ©Ebrahim Noroozi/Copyright 2022 The AP. All rights reserved.

Marwa, 19, was only months away from becoming the first woman in her Afghan family to go to university. Instead, she’ll watch—painfully—as her brother walks off without her.

The Taliban recently banned women from attending universities with immediate effect.

“I was heartbroken. I can’t put into words how I felt the day I received the news,” she said.

“Even if they had decided to behead women, it would have been better than this ban.

“We are treated worse than animals. Animals can go anywhere by themselves, but we girls don’t even have the right to leave the house.”

Afghanistan’s rulers said the order was issued because the female students did not abide by their interpretation of dress codes.

But Marwa’s brother Hamid said this was simply not true.

“When universities opened under the Taliban, different days were specified for boys and girls,” he said.

“They (the girls) couldn’t enter unless they wore a mask and hijab. How then can they (the Taliban) say they were without hijab?”

Marwa had recently passed an entrance exam to start a nursing degree at a medical university in Kabul. But now, her future is far less certain.

To find out more, watch the RockedBuzz via Euronews report in the video above.