Afghan girls’ education deprivation will shortly reach its one-year anniversary. In reaction to that, in an open letter, a number of human rights and education activists urged world leaders to put diplomatic pressure on Taliban officials to reopen schools for girls in Afghanistan.

World leaders, regional allies, and international organizations were urged in the letter to take concerted, serious actions to fulfill their commitments to safeguard and promote Afghan girls’ rights, especially the right to education.

They claim that after over 300 days without receiving an education, the girls’ aspirations for development and education have been distorted, and if this situation persists, their aims and hopes will suffer greatly.

The letter calls for solemn actions beyond a “declaration of solidarity” and only condemning the Taliban, demanding immediate financial assistance for Afghanistan’s educational system, funding for human rights organizations, and the installation of alternative systems for girls’ education in Afghanistan.

The letter reads “Although such actions (condemning and sharing sympathies) are done with good intentions, it appears that it does not make the Taliban accountable for ensuring the rights of women and girls.”

More diplomatic pressure should be applied to the Taliban in order to compel them to uphold and respect women’s rights and to immediately reopen girls’ schools, according to the measures suggested in this letter.

The Taliban banned secondary education for Afghan girls after seizing power on August 15, 2021. The Taliban have not yet reacted favorably to the reopening of girls’ schools, despite pressure from the international community.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).