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Swedish Committee for Afghanistan calls on Taliban to end ban on female education

NEW DELHI, MARCH 28: As the Taliban continues to put restrictions on the basic rights of women in the country, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) demanded that the “de facto authorities” in Afghanistan “prioritise investing in education as a crucial component for Afghanistan’s development, TOLOnews reported.
They also urged the Taliban to end the ban on female education and quickly reopen educational facilities at all levels, to girls and boys, women and men. According to the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, there is no justification ~ religion, tradition, or any other ~ for keeping girls out of school.
“There is no excuse for preventing girls from receiving an education, regardless of the justification ~ 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 domestic abuse, be impoverished and have health problems”, the report said, according to TOLOnews.
Meanwhile, a student said that she is hopeful that schools would reopen soon. Female students beyond Grade 6 have repeatedly called on the Taliban to reopen the doors of the schools.
“I don’t think that we girls will be deprived of schools forever. I think this is a temporary ban because how is it possible that girls and women will be kept ignorantly at home?” TOLOnews quoted the student as saying.
After the fall of the Ashraf Ghani Government and the Taliban taking over Kabul, the country’s females are the worst sufferers.
Time and again, many Islamic countries and organisations, 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 barred girls from attending secondary school, restricted women and girls’ freedom of movement, excluded women from most areas of the workforce and banned women from using parks, gyms and public bath houses. (ANI)