The Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan’s Permanent Mission in the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, said that denying girls education is “national treason” on the anniversary of their ban from education.

“Afghanistan is the only country in the world that has closed schools for girls,” the representative of Afghanistan at the UN wrote on his Twitter handle on Monday morning, the 19th of September.

According to Faiq, denying girls the right to continue their education in a country in need of humanitarian assistance and an educated workforce to eradicate poverty and achieve self-sufficiency and progress is a disservice to the country’s future.

Markus Potzel, the acting head of the UNAMA office in Kabul, also stated in a statement that there is no legitimate reason for the prolonged exclusion of girl students and that there is no precedent for it anywhere else in the world.

Markus Potzel, also the Deputy special representative of the UN Secretary-General, reacted to the anniversary as “tragic, shameful, and entirely avoidable.”

The ban according to the UNAMA statement prevents girls from studying in grades seven through twelve; this mostly affects girls between the ages of 12 and 18 and “profoundly” harms Afghanistan’s future.

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, also reacted to the anniversary of the deprivation of Afghan girls from school, September 18, stating that “girls belong in school.”

If the restriction on girls going to school is upheld, along with other policies that limit Afghans’ fundamental liberties, they will make Afghanistan’s already heightened problems, insecurity, poverty, and isolation, worse.

The UN and the international community have reiterated their requests for the reopening of schools for girls and consider it as one of the prerequisites for the recognition of the Taliban’s de facto rule in Afghanistan.


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