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Female Afghan Students Call on Male Classmates to Boycott Academic Year

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
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Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

With the resumption of universities and educational institutions for male students across Afghanistan, a group of female students in a letter called on their male classmates and leturers to boycott the new academic year.

On Monday morning, a group of female students in a letter asked their lecturers and male classmates to boycott the new academic year. In the letter, they mentioned the slogan, “education for all or none” so that justice is served equally for everyone ignoring their gender.

“We, female students of different universities from across Afghanistan write you this letter with our hearts filled with immense sadness and hope,” the letter states.

Furthermore, female students have asked their friends and male classmates to join the “education for all or none” campaign and pledge to avoid attending classes, unless universities and educational institutions are opened for everyone including women and girls.

This comes as universities reopened throughout the country for male students effective from Monday, March 6, 2023, as per the announcement of the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan.

Students in the northern Mazar-i-Sharif province joined their female students’ campaigns and did not attend classes. Khaama Press has received a letter from the Faculty of Language and Literature of Balkh University in which male students have announced that they will not attend classes without the presence of female students.

The Taliban-run administration has been under massive criticism from the people of Afghanistan, the international community, and even their own group members for the decision barring Afghan women and girls from attending education.

The United Nations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and foreign governments have repeatedly called on the de facto authorities of Afghanistan to lift the bans and allow girls and women to get an education and participate in public life, however, nothing has changed for the better so far.  

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