Afghanistan: Many adolescent girls’ aspirations were dashed as soon as the Taliban took over Afghanistan last year when an Islamic organisation forbade them and then abandoned a promise to launch female high schools. After pleading with world leaders at the UN to safeguard the rights and education of women in Afghanistan a year after the Taliban took power, Somaya Faruqi, the former captain of the Afghan girls robotics team, broke down in tears on stage.
She admitted that because “girls are not in schools this year; classrooms are empty, and they are at their homes,” it was difficult for 20-year-old Faruqi to control herself and her emotions.
Faruqi stated in her address that Afghanistan is currently the only nation in the world to prohibit girls from attending schools. She recounted those who had suffered while urging the country’s leaders to band together to defend Afghan girls’ rights.
Faruqi, who is currently a student at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, left Afghanistan when the Islamist Taliban seized power in August of last year and the United States and its allies withdrew their troops after a 20-year war.
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She urged world leaders to come together and work for the reopening of girls’ schools and the protection of their rights while speaking this week at the UN in New York as they prepare for the U.N. high-level meeting at the General Assembly.
“This week, all of you are here to suggest ways to reform education for everyone, but you must not forget those who [are] left behind, those who are not fortunate enough to be at school at all,” said Faruqi. “Demonstrate your support for me and the millions of Afghan girls.”
Malala Yusufzai on Faruqi’s speech
Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban assailant in Pakistan as she was leaving school in 2012 and won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts, criticized lawmakers for their silence. On Twitter, she posted a link to Somaya Faruqi’s UN speech.
On Monday, Yousafzai claimed that the majority of those in attendance “precise knowledge of what needs to be done. Instead of making tiny, frugal, and transitory promises, you should make a commitment to maintain the right to finish education and close the funding gap once and for all.” She pleaded with the international world to uphold the protection of Afghan women’s rights after the Taliban invasion last year.
Girls’ education in Afghanistan after Taliban invasion
Although some women in metropolitan areas ignore this order, the Taliban have emphasised that women should never leave the house without a male relative and that they should always cover their faces. In March, the Taliban abandoned their ambition to open high schools for female students.
According to foreign development organisations, Afghanistan’s economic crises and stricter laws have pulled thousands of women out of the workforce, and the majority of teenage girls no longer have access to school.
The Taliban maintain that women’s rights are upheld in accordance with their interpretation of Islamic law, and they have been working since March to find a way to set up girls’ high schools. Taliban education restriction for girls should be lifted, many authorities said.
At the Transforming Education Summit on Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Taliban to “immediately abolish all limitations on girls’ access to secondary school.” The education of girls is one of the most important steps toward achieving world peace, security, and sustainable development, according to Guterres.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken launched the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience on Tuesday. The partnership between Boston University and the State Department aims to increase Afghan women’s opportunities for entrepreneurship, education, and employment both in Afghanistan and abroad.
“By the year 2022, everyone on the earth ought to understand this. It’s not, of course, and we must fight for it. We have to work hard for it every day “Blinken later on. Rina Amiri, the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, anticipated that the campaign would run into a number of obstacles. Instability, a lack of security, and economic turbulence will impede any efforts to support women’s integration into Afghan society.
Fereshteh Forough, CEO of Code to Inspire, the nation’s first coding school for women and girls, said at the alliance event that she was compelled to close the school and convert to online education after the Taliban seized power.