Afghanistan Girls’ students reiterated their request to the Taliban to reopen schools. It comes 660 days after schools for girls from grades 7 to 12 were closed in Afghanistan. The students said that they are facing an uncertain future. One student, Fareshta, said, “We men and women should work together to reform Afghanistan and bring it to such a state that everyone sees us as capable.”
The Taliban’s policies of banning women from public life, including education and work, have drawn international reaction. According to Tolo News, women’s rights activist Almatab Rasooli said, “If this process continues, it will lead to Afghanistan regressing and going towards less development and an era like the Middle Ages.” Recently Nobel laureate education activist Malala Yousafzai condemned the Taliban for reversing women’s rights to education in Afghanistan, Khama Press reported.
Khama Press News Agency is an online news service for Afghanistan. Yousafzai expressed her dismay at the “complete reversal” of women’s rights and education in Afghanistan by the Taliban. She told an audience at the United Nations House in Abuja, Nigeria: “Ten years ago, millions of Afghan girls were going to school.” “One in three young women was enrolled in university. and now? Afghanistan is the only country in the world where girls and women are banned from getting an education.” Yousafzai described how she experienced brutality from the Taliban when she was arrested in 2012 for advocating for girls’ education, Khama Press reported. He was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.