KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan human rights defenders and Malala Fund Education Champions have urged world leaders to mount greater pressure on the Taliban to reopen girls’ schools immediately.
They called on the international fraternity to demonstrate solidarity with afghan girls, who have been out of school for more than 300 days now, through concrete action — not just words.
In a statement, the Malala Fund warned the longer the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education continued, the more their hopes for the future faded.
Educated and empowered young women could make the world safer and stronger, according to the statement, which underlined bold and urgent to secure their futures.
The expression of solidarity or a moment of silence, though well-intentioned, did not hold the Taliban accountable for their violation of the rights of Afghan girls and women. International leaders must apply diplomatic pressure on the de-facto Afghan government to ensure the immediate reopening of girls’ schools in Afghanistan, the statement stressed.
“As leaders who believe in equality, justice and human rights — you have a moral obligation to stand alongside the hundreds of thousands of Afghan girls and their families calling for the reopening of schools.”
It also called for the immediate and full restoration of social, political and cultural rights of Afghan girls and women.
Ahead of the UN General Assembly in September, the Malala Fund asked for three concrete actions to protect Afghan girls’ and women’s human rights:
Increase pressure on the de-facto authorities in Afghanistan to lift the ban on girls’ right to secondary education and women’s right to work and ensure their safe return to schools and work.
Provide immediate financial support to the education system in Afghanistan, and target funding to Afghan women’s rights and civil society organisations providing alternative education mechanisms for girls.
Show solidarity with Afghan activists calling for the Islamic imperative to education, partner with them and give them platforms to share their demands for the future of Afghanistan.