Leaders of the Afghan Taliban militia group stated that they are willing to discuss their decree prohibiting girls from attending school with U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson Friday, but they will not promise reforms. Afghan women and girls attended schools and universities for years before the Taliban took control in September 1996.
The Taliban militia group now controls 85 percent of the country. Since their takeover, they have passed decrees requiring women to wear a debilitating head-to-toe covering whenever they are in public. They have also prohibited women from leaving their homes unless accompanied by a brother, husband or son, and prohibited girls from attending school.