Afghan Woman with Top Test Score Worries About Future
Salgai Baran recorded the top score out of 180,000 Afghan students on the country's national university entrance test. However, she is worried about her future education now that the Taliban is running Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, however, the Taliban asked women to stay home until it comes up with a "new procedure" for social interaction.
When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan in the past, women could not go to school or leave home without a male relative. Women had to cover their bodies from head to toe with clothing known as a burqa if they left home.
Baran said she always wanted to stay in Afghanistan to "serve my country and my people," but now she does not know if she can.
Women are worried they will be shut out from education and work as the Taliban takes more control in Afghanistan.
Observers think Baran has good reason to be worried about her future, despite what the Taliban says.
Heather Barr is a women's rights researcher who covers Asia for Human Rights Watch. She told VOA the Taliban statements so far "are not convincing anyone because everyone knows what their record is on women's rights."