The UN is calling on Taliban authorities in Afghanistan to reopen schools for girls

“Sunday marks one year of the exclusion of girls from secondary schools in Afghanistan. One year of lost knowledge and opportunities they will never find again. Girls’ place is at school. The Taliban must be allowed to return,” wrote the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, on Twitter.

After the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, in August 2021, the Taliban took power and imposed a series of harsh measures including the exclusion of girls from secondary schools, the banning of women in government positions, and the burqa became mandatory.

They announced, in the spring, that they would resume classes after finalizing a program designed according to Islamic principles, but so far nothing has happened.

More than one million girls aged 12-18 have been unable to go to school in the past year, unlike boys who started the new school year on September 18.
“This is a tragic, shameful and avoidable moment. The continued exclusion of girls from secondary schools has no credible justification and has no equivalent in the world. It is deeply damaging to an entire generation of girls and to the future of the country. The denial of education violates the fundamental rights of girls and women. The risk of marginalization, violence, exploitation and abuse increases. The Taliban must create favorable conditions for peace, inclusion, security, human rights and economic recovery. The international community remains ready to support a government that is representative of the entire population and that respects its rights,” said Markus Potzel, Acting Director of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

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