US President Joe Biden said that Washington stands with women in Iran and Afghanistan “who are facing violence.”
Biden made the remarks in a White House Women’s History Month speech.
“We stand with women in Iran and Afghanistan facing down violence … The budget I laid out two weeks ago includes more than 3 billion dollars, a record amount, to advance general quality globally, not just at home,” he said.
The remarks were made amid the beginning of the new school year and academic education in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, UNAMA raised concerns that with the beginning of the new school year in the country, more than one million girls would be banned from attending classes.
“As the new Afghan school year starts this week, more than a million Afghan girls will be barred from attending classes,” said a statement.
Furthermore, on Wednesday, Markus Potzel, the UNAMA deputy special envoy for Afghanistan, met with the acting Deputy Prime Minster of the Taliban-led government, Abdul Kabir, and discussed girls’ education.
Potzel said, “The United Nations and the international community urges Taliban authorities to reopen school and university doors for Afghan women and girls.”
Since the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, this is the second consecutive year that the girls were banned from attending school beyond sixth grade. In addition, the de facto government has forbidden young women from attending universities and working in international organizations since last December.
Following the Taliban administration’s regaining power in Afghanistan, the country has faced several challenges, including humanitarian crises, human rights, and economic issues.