February 18, 2024
International Call to Lift Ban on Girls' Education in Afghanistan
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International Call to Lift Ban on Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

International Call to Lift Ban on Girls’ Education in Afghanistan (Representative Image)

International Call to Lift Ban on Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

On the International Day of Education, various international organizations, including the UN special envoy for Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, Amnesty International, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, have urged the Taliban to lift the ban on girls’ education in Afghanistan. Expressing concern, these groups emphasized the fundamental right of education for all, irrespective of gender, and urged the Taliban to recognize its importance for Afghanistan’s future.

Foundation for Afghanistan’s Future: UN Envoy’s Message

Roza Otunbayeva stressed in a video that education for all, including girls and boys, women, and men, is more than a fundamental right—it is the foundation for Afghanistan’s future. The international call for the opening of schools for girls extends beyond Western nations and is considered crucial by the Muslim world as well.

Impact and Global Isolation Warning: Deprivation of Education for Afghan Girls

The continued deprivation of Afghan girls from education not only affects the nation’s population but also risks isolating Afghanistan globally. Otunbayeva highlighted that education is not just a moral imperative but critical for prosperity and peace. The UNHCR echoed support, emphasizing that education remains a beacon of hope for Afghans, despite challenges.

Taliban’s Response and Prioritization of Education: Mixed Signals

While Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid did not comment on girls’ education above the sixth grade, he mentioned that providing education is a priority for the current government. The lack of clarity and mixed signals from the Taliban continue to raise concerns about the future of education, particularly for girls, in Afghanistan.

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