The country's Taliban rulers earlier this week ordered women nationwide to stop attending private and public universities effective immediately and until further notice. They have banned girls from middle school and high school, barred women from most fields of employment and ordered them to wear head-to-toe clothing in public. Women are also banned from parks and gyms.
A classroom that previously was used for girls sits empty in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The benches of a school sits empty in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Amanah Nashenas, 45-year-old an Afghan teacher, collects books in a school in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Halimah, 13-year-old schoolgirl, poses for a photo in an empty classroom in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan women chant slogans during a protest against the ban on university education for women, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan women participate in a protest against the university education ban for women, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan women students stand outside the Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan. Taliban security forces in Afghanistan's capital city are upholding a higher education ban for women by blocking access to university campuses.
Afghan women students stand outside the Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan women weep outside Edrak University in Kabul, after Taliban security forces enforced a higher education ban for women by blocking their access to universities.
Afghan female university students stop by as Taliban security personnel stand next to the gate of Kabul university in Kabul, Afghanistan.