Afghan boys skip school to show solidarity with girls

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Days after the Taliban reopened schools for boys, many boys in Kabul are leaving school in solidarity with their female classmates, but have remained silent on allowing girls inside classrooms.

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The Taliban-run new education ministry in a statement on Friday ordered officials to oversee the reopening of “madrasas, private and public schools and other educational institutions in the country” for middle and high school boys starting Saturday. Gave.

However, girls were not mentioned in the statement. “All male students and male teachers must be present in their schools,” it said.


While girls up to the age of 12 have been allowed to attend classes, the Taliban’s reasoning for keeping quiet about girls above this age group is that this is the time when girls should be allowed a part of their early teens. As menstruation begins, according to experts.

Rohullah, an 18-year-old student of Wahde Boys’ School, was quoted as saying by wall street journal Saying: “I didn’t go to school today to show my disagreement with the Taliban and to protest girls’ refusal to go to school.”

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“Women make up half of the society. This shows that the Taliban has not changed. I will not come to school until girls’ schools are also opened,” he said.

Taliban leaders have promised to support women’s education and employment, but there have been reports that women have been sent back home from work.

Only last month Taliban leaders called men back to government offices, but said security concerns made it unsafe for women.

Boys and male colleagues should boycott the school, Qudsia Qanbari, a high school Afghan teacher, wrote in a Facebook post. “If I were a boy, I wouldn’t go to school until my sister could go to school too,” she said in the post.

“Preventing girls from going to school is like burying them alive,” said Aryan Arun, an Afghan activist and author who left the country before the Taliban came to power. Washington Post.

“Don’t let this nightmare turn into reality,” he said.

“Girls education is deciding a generation. Boys’ education can affect a family, but girls’ education affects society. Reuters.

While female students are attending university classes, the Taliban have asked officials to separate classes based on gender and, if this is not possible, to separate boys and girls using a curtain Is.

In early July, Reuters reported that, while Taliban insurgents were capturing territory from government forces throughout Afghanistan, “fighters from the group moved into the offices of Azizi Bank in the southern city of Kandahar and found nine women working there.” ordered.”

So far, only women working in the health and education sectors have been able to return to work.

A women’s rights group, the Movement for Change, held a press conference on Sunday and said they were planning street protests if the Taliban did not allow girls’ education and women to return to work.

The group, led by former MP Fauzia Kufi, called on the international community to make all possible aid conditional on this demand.

In the press conference for the first time since its takeover by the Taliban, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said women would have rights to education, health and employment and would be “happy within the framework of Sharia”.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai raised his voice against the Taliban over the weekend, condemning the ban on girls’ education. “No other way. This would not be a country that stands on its feet without education, especially for girls,” he said in an interview The Sunday Times.

After the Taliban’s announcement about schools on Friday, the United Nations also said that girls should not be kept away from classes.

“The international community doesn’t have a lot of cards, but it still has a few cards, and it must use them in its defence. women’s rightsHeather Barr, associate director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, said WSJ.

He added that the international community is “facing the difficult task of trying to prevent a humanitarian crisis, while simultaneously reaping the benefits – it is difficult but not impossible if there is political will.”


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