Violation of women’s rights and girls’ education has turned into a major challenge for the current de facto regime in Afghanistan, with the increasing pressure from the international community on the matter.
Since the current regime’s takeover of power in August 2021, they have barred women from working in government organizations and banned girls above grade six to attend classes and get an education. Women’s and girls’ education have become one of the hottest topics to be discussed on the national and international levels.
Recently, a conference entitled “International Conference on Afghan Women’s Education” co-chaired by Indonesia and Qatar, was held in Bali, Indonesia last week. Representatives from 38 countries, international organizations, NGOs and academics attended the meeting. The participants stressed the need for supporting women’s education in Afghanistan and finding a comprehensive solution to the existing issues Afghan women are faced with.
“Getting an education is the natural right of every human being, including women and girls. Afghan women, therefore, should not be deprived of this very basic right,” one participant said. Another speaker of the conference said ‘female education is an investment for the future of the nation’ and added that hundreds of Afghan women would be provided with scholarships to educate out of the country.
Meanwhile, the de facto authorities have not yet altered their strict policy toward women’s rights and girls’ education. Although respecting human rights and freedom, particularly that of women is a major component of the Doha Agreement, the current regime emphasizes practicing their established policies regarding the aforementioned matters. Moreover, they label it something foreign, backed by Western thoughts and ideologies.