UN: Exclusion of Afghan women from excessive faculties ‘shameful’
“It is a tragic, shameful, and completely avoidable anniversary,” stated Markus Potzel, appearing head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan.
A yr after the Taliban took energy in Afghanistan, hard-liners seem to carry sway within the Taliban-led authorities. Teenage women are nonetheless barred from faculty and ladies are required to cowl themselves from head to toe in public, with solely their eyes displaying. The non secular group has didn’t ship on varied guarantees to allow women’ return to the classroom. The ban targets grades 7-12, primarily impacting women age 12 to 18.
The Taliban re-opened excessive faculties to boys whereas instructing women to stay at residence. The U.N. estimates that greater than one million women have been barred from attending highschool over the previous yr.
“The continued exclusion of ladies from highschool has no credible justification and has no parallel anyplace on this planet. It’s profoundly damaging to a era of ladies and to the way forward for Afghanistan itself,” stated Potzel, who can also be the U.N. secretary-general’s deputy particular consultant for Afghanistan.
To mark the Sunday anniversary, 50 women despatched a letter entitled “A Yr of Darkness: A Letter from Afghan women to heads of Muslim nations and different world leaders.” The ladies hail from the capital Kabul, jap Nangarhar province and northern Parwan province.
“The previous yr, we’ve been denied human rights, similar to the proper to achieve an schooling, the privilege to work, the freedom to stay with dignity, freedom, mobility and speech, and the proper to find out and resolve for ourselves,” Azadi, an 18-year-old Eleventh-grade scholar from Kabul, stated within the letter. The ladies named within the letter gave solely their first names.
The U.N. stated the denial of schooling violates probably the most basic rights of women and girls. The world physique stated it will increase the chance of marginalization, violence, exploitation and abuse towards women and is a part of a broader vary of discriminatory insurance policies and practices focusing on ladies and women for the reason that de facto authorities assumed energy in the summertime of 2021.
The U.N. once more referred to as upon the Taliban to reverse the slew of measures they’ve launched proscribing Afghan ladies and women’ enjoyment of their primary rights and freedoms.
Since taking energy, the Taliban have struggled to manipulate and stay internationally remoted. An financial downturn has pushed hundreds of thousands extra Afghans into poverty and starvation because the circulate of international help has slowed to a trickle.