UN condemns ‘shameful’ year-long ban on Afghan women’ training

Picture exhibiting some schoolgirls strolling on a highway. — AFP/ File
  • Aside from closing excessive colleges for ladies, the Taliban have barred girls from many authorities jobs.
  • Greater than 1,000,000 teenage women have been disadvantaged of training throughout the nation.
  • UN chief Antonio Guterres has urged Taliban to revoke the ban.

KABUL: The United Nations urged the Taliban on Sunday to reopen excessive colleges for ladies throughout Afghanistan, condemning the ban that started precisely a yr in the past as “tragic and shameful”.

Weeks after the group seized energy in August final yr, they reopened excessive colleges for boys on September 18 however banned secondary schoolgirls from attending courses.

Months in a while March 23, the training ministry opened secondary colleges for ladies, however inside hours, the Taliban management ordered them to close down once more.

Since then, greater than 1,000,000 teenage women have been disadvantaged of training throughout the nation, the United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) mentioned.

“It is a tragic, shameful, and fully avoidable anniversary,” Markus Potzel, the appearing head of UNAMA, mentioned in an announcement.

“It’s profoundly damaging to a technology of women and to the way forward for Afghanistan itself,” he mentioned, including the ban had no parallel on the earth.

UN chief Antonio Guterres urged the Taliban to revoke the ban.

“A yr of misplaced information and alternative that they’ll by no means get again,” Guterres mentioned on Twitter.

“Ladies belong at school. The Taliban should allow them to again in.”

A number of Taliban officers say the ban is barely short-term, however they’ve additionally wheeled out a litany of excuses for the closures — from an absence of funds to the time wanted to transform the syllabus alongside Islamic strains.

Earlier this month, the training minister, Noorullah Munir, was quoted by native media as saying it was a cultural situation, as many rural folks didn’t need their teenage daughters to attend faculty.

’12 months of disappointment’

Grade 12 pupil, Kawsar, who gave a fictitious title to guard her id, mentioned she was pissed off that her highschool has been shut for a yr now.

“It has been a darkish yr, a yr stuffed with stress and disappointment,” she mentioned.

“It is our major proper to have an training. The society wants feminine medical doctors and academics, solely boys can’t meet all wants of the society.”

Many conservative Afghan clerics inside the Taliban are sceptical of recent training.

Final month, the authorities mentioned they have been growing obligatory spiritual courses in authorities universities, although no topics from the present curriculum can be dropped.

Reacting to the training minister’s feedback in native media, Kainat, a college instructor, mentioned mother and father and households throughout Afghanistan have been eager to coach their daughters.

“They need their women to realize what they intention, each household desires their children, together with women, to serve the nation,” mentioned Kainat, who additionally gave a fictitious title.

“It is flawed to say that folks in Afghanistan don’t want their women to be educated.”

After seizing energy on August 15 final yr through the chaotic withdrawal of international forces, the Taliban promised a softer model of their harsh regime in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001.

However inside days, they started imposing extreme restrictions on women and girls to adjust to their austere imaginative and prescient of Islam — successfully squeezing them out of public life.

Aside from closing excessive colleges for ladies, the Taliban have barred girls from many authorities jobs and in addition ordered them to cowl up in public, ideally with an all-encompassing burqa.

Some excessive colleges for ladies have remained open in provinces away from the central energy bases of Kabul and Kandahar due to strain from households and tribal leaders.

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