Education Cannot Wait calls on Afghanistan’s interim authorities to allow all girls to return to education.
ECW in a statement asked the Taliban authorities in Kabul to revoke their decision to suspend the university education of Afghan women. Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the United Nations global, the billion-dollar fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises.
Following the complete ban of university education for Afghan girls announced by the acting minister of higher education of Afghanistan’s interim regime, condemnations continue coming from governments and international organizations one after another.
“Education Cannot Wait stands in solidarity with every girl and woman in Afghanistan. Each one has an inherent human right to education. We also stand in solidarity with every Afghan father, brother, husband and son, suffering the pain of seeing their daughter, sister, wife and mother brutally denied their right to an education,” the statement reads.
The statement further added, “education and knowledge are cornerstones of the teachings of Islam, cornerstones of an enlightened society, and cornerstones of peace, economic prosperity, and progress everywhere. Girls and women who are guaranteed their human rights – especially their right to seek knowledge – are the backbone of a greater society arising out of war and poverty.”
The overwhelming criticism towards the Taliban’s extremely harsh restrictions on girls’ university educations comes as girls’ secondary schools have been closed for the past year. Meanwhile, Afghan women are barred from working at government organizations or attending public places.
The complete isolation of women and girls from society is disastrous for the economic development and stability of a country – leading to the lack of female professional doctors, nurses, educators, technicians, researchers and more in the long term.