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Syrian jihadist group HTS accused of blocking married women from studying

Women face all sorts of rights’ deprivation in northwest Syria, and this has appeared most recently in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s moves to ban married women from enrolling in schools.
Syrian students from "Aleppo University in Liberated Areas," controlled by the pro-Turkey opposition, sit with microscopes at a laboratory facility, Marea, northern countryside of Aleppo province, Syria, Nov. 26, 2020.

Women in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib face daily violations of their rights at the hands of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls the province. The group’s members have been repeatedly accused of violations and restrictions against the people of Idlib.

Most recently, married women have been deprived of their right to education, sources from Idlib schools told Al-Monitor. Multiple principals in Idlib said that on Aug. 15, the Education Directorate of the Salvation Government, HTS’ civilian arm, informed them orally of a decision to ban married female students from attending public schools and universities.

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