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EditorialTaliban’s attack on girls’ education

Taliban’s attack on girls’ education

As Afghan girls excitedly packed their bags for the first day of school after a six-month hiatus due to the turmoil in the country, the Afghan government made a decision to once again close down all schools that provide education to girls. It was only after the girls arrived at school and were about to take a step towards getting the opportunity to get an education, they were told that the government had seized this opportunity from them once again. Older girls argued with the teachers and headmistresses who were in shock themselves, while the younger ones cried. An atmosphere of melancholy gripped the female population of Afghanistan as day-by-day their freedoms and rights are being denied to them by the current administration. The Taliban government had announced a week earlier that all students will be welcome to attend school from now on, however, on the first day of the school year, the girls were told to go back home. Schoolgirls and women from Afghanistan lamented this decision. They say that the Taliban have betrayed them and the country by not keeping their promises. The Taliban had put certain restrictions on the dress code for women and there was little to no opposition to that. Women accepted that in the hopes that they will not be denied any other right. However, it seems like their freedoms will further be restricted as they were when the Taliban came to power in the late 1990s. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan for the first time in 1996, they had restricted the movement of women and had disallowed them from attending schools and the universities. They disempowered a whole generation of the Afghan women who were never able to recover.

This time around, the fundamentalist rulers of Afghanistan had promised that in their government, liberties will be given to women and it will not be like it was in the previous era. However, as soon as they took control, they started limiting freedoms for women. The newest limitation seems to come from an idea to appease the hardline Taliban who is completely against sending girls to school or women to the universities. By bringing such policies and failing to live up to the promises that they made, the Taliban are consciously regressing the Afghan nation and the state. Women form almost half of Afghanistan’s population, by denying them education the government is only digging a hole for itself and the country. Already the Afghan economy is in shambles, their assets are frozen and there is little aid coming from abroad. By taking such decisions, the current rulers are further deteriorating their relationship with the rest of the world and putting the nation in back-gear.

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