Markus Potzel, UNAMA Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan met with the Acting Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlavi Abdul Kabir on Wednesday and discussed girls’ education.
During the meeting, UNAMA’s Deputy Special Representative, Markus Potzel reiterated lifting bans restricting girls’ and women’s right to education, among other topics.
“The United Nations and the international community urges Taliban authorities to reopen school and university doors for Afghan women and girls,” Potzel said.
Abdul Kabir said that the Islamic Emirate is not against girls’ education, and the ban on women and girls’ education is temporary, which will be resolved in the coming future.
For his part, Kabir thanked UNAMA for its continued cooperation with the people of Afghanistan during these difficult times. UN and other international aid agencies have been actively engaged in delivering humanitarian aid to needy families throughout the country.
Moreover, a UN panel of experts during the week said, “the ongoing unlawful denial of girls and young women’s right to education in Afghanistan marks a global nadir in education, impacting an entire gender, a generation, and the future of the country.”
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, while launching the 2022 Human Rights Report on Monday, said the Taliban leadership “relentlessly discriminates and represses” Afghan women. He noted the authorities have so far issued 80 decrees that restrict women’s freedom of movement and the right to education and work.
The issue of women’s right to education has become an ongoing challenge for the de facto authorities of Afghanistan, being under pressure from the international community and partners for its immediate removal. Despite the overwhelming pressure, there is no tangible progress in this regard.