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ECW Director Yasmine Sherif Statement: 500 Days After The Taliban Banned Girls' Secondary Education In Afghanistan -
NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks an unacceptable low point for humanity. For 500 days, the Taliban have denied secondary school-age girls in Afghanistan their inherent human right to education.
This ban, and more recent bans on Afghan girls from university education, do not reflect the culture and faith of Afghanistan, a country that represents a deeply spiritual belief in Islam coupled with a legitimately strong commitment to independence.
Banning girls from attending school at the top levels damages everything Afghanistan stands for and, most importantly, damages the well-being of its people and the future of this war-torn country. These bans are rudimentary and contravene universal human rights, violate the very principles of Islam and the emphasis on education and learning for all, while also constituting a clear violation of the basic human rights of girls and women.
Join Education Cannot Wait, and key leaders from around the world - including UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and UN Special Envoy for Global Education His Excellency Gordon Brown - in uniting for and with all girls and women in Afghanistan, while asking their sons, brothers and husbands to support them.
Together, we must continue global efforts to advance respect for the human rights of all girls and women in Afghanistan, including their fundamental right to an inclusive, equitable and quality education.
By banning girls from secondary school, banning young women from taking university exams, and taking extraordinary measures to limit the role of girls and women in Afghan society, the Taliban are exacerbating the suffering of the Afghan people and deepening the humanitarian catastrophe that will create lasting socio-economic impacts in Afghanistan, a country already on the brink of starvation, facing extreme poverty and devastating climatic disasters.
The proud, resilient and stoic people of Afghanistan have suffered enough. It is time to embrace the same principles of the Islamic religion that embody the concepts of peace, humanity, learning and education.
By allowing all Afghan boys and girls to attend school, the de facto authorities have the opportunity to build a strong society, end hunger and poverty for the Afghan people, and rebuild a nation that has immense potential to recover and sustain itself. stand firm as a fiercely independent country. By providing access to education to all Afghan boys, girls and boys, they have the chance to leave a mark in history.
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