Markus Potzel, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, stressed the importance of secondary education for Afghan girls and emphasized that everyone should have access to it.

On Saturday, July 16, during a visit to Nangarhar, Markus Potzel, the new deputy of the UN Mission in Afghanistan, stated that the Taliban should reconsider their stance on the matter of girls’ education if international aid to Afghanistan is to continue.

“Girls should go to school and even above grade six and should enjoy the same educational opportunities as boys,” Potzel said.

He has also mentioned the $100 million Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund, which will help the country’s crippled economy.

The director of Nangarhar’s information and culture department, Qari Noor Mohammad Hanif, said that the UN official had been to the province and had promised to assist in addressing the Taliban’s challenges, particularly with regard to unfreezing Afghan assets.

In August 2021, the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan and enacted laws severely curtailing fundamental rights, especially those of women and girls. They removed all women from positions of leadership in the government service and barred girls from attending secondary school and above.


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