Kabul [Afghanistan]March 28 (ANI): As the Taliban continue to place restrictions on women’s basic rights in the country, the Swedish Afghanistan Committee (SCA) demanded that the de facto authorities in Afghanistan “prioritize investment in education as a crucial component of Afghanistan’s development,” TOLOnews reported.
They also called on the Taliban to end the ban on female education and quickly reopen educational facilities at all levels, for girls and boys, women and men.
According to the Swedish Afghanistan Committee, there is no justification – religion, tradition or anything else – to keep girls away from school.
“There is no excuse for preventing girls from getting an education, regardless of the rationale – religion or custom included. The key to empowering both individuals and communities is education. Without education, a girl is more likely to marry young, experience abuse in the home, be poor and have health problems,” says the report according to TOLOnews.
Meanwhile, one student said she is hopeful that schools would reopen soon. Female students after grade six have repeatedly called on the Taliban to reopen the doors to schools.
“I don’t think we girls will be deprived of school forever. I think this is a temporary ban because how is it possible that girls and women are kept ignorant at home?” TOLOnews quoted the student as saying.
After the fall of the Ashraf Ghani government and the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, it is the country’s women who suffer the worst.
Time and again, many Islamic countries and organizations, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), have condemned the ban on women’s and girls’ access to work and education as a violation of Islamic law.
Since August 15, 2021, the de facto authorities have prevented girls from attending high school, restricted the freedom of movement of women and girls, excluded women from most areas of the workforce, and banned women from using parks, gyms, and public bathhouses. (ANI)