In July, the Taliban introduced a gathering of handpicked clerics to resolve on the destiny of the schooling ban. However solely two clerics got here in help of the women’ schooling. Since then, the Taliban has not made any progress on whether or not they’re prepared to compromise
“Initially, we had been hopeful that they’d reopen faculties, however with the passage of time, we observed that, no, they’re doing one thing else. They only difficulty anti-women verdicts after every day,” Nazhand stated. “I do not assume that they’re prepared to reopen faculties, the Taliban haven’t any drawback with women’ faculties, however they need to exploit them politically. They need to proceed their ruling on society by banning women faculties. It’s of their curiosity to impose restrictions on ladies as a result of they can not do it on males.”
After the US navy intervention of Afghanistan in late 2001 that ousted the Taliban from energy, the war-torn nation witnessed a collection of socioeconomic reforms and rebuilding packages. The post-Taliban structure, which was ratified in 2004, expanded ladies’s rights to go to highschool, vote, work, serve in civic establishments, and protest. By 2009, ladies had been working for president for the primary time within the nation’s historical past.
However the 4 a long time of warfare and hostility inflicted large hurt to Afghanistan’s primary infrastructures, together with to the nation’s academic property.
And even earlier than the Taliban seized energy on Aug. 15 final yr, a report by UNICEF discovered that Afghanistan had struggled with greater than 4.2 million kids out of college, 60% of whom had been women. Though the potential prices of not educating girls and boys alike are excessive by way of misplaced earnings, not educating women is particularly expensive due to the connection between academic attainment and scholar delaying marriage and childbearing, collaborating within the workforce, making selections about their very own future, and investing extra within the well being and schooling of their very own kids later in life. The evaluation signifies that Afghanistan will probably be unable to regain the GDP misplaced through the transition and attain its true potential productiveness with out fulfilling women’ rights to entry and full secondary faculty schooling. UNICEF additionally estimated that If the present cohort of three million women had been in a position to full their secondary schooling and take part within the job market, it might contribute not less than $5.4 billion to Afghanistan’s financial system.
A report by Amnesty Worldwide additionally says that the Taliban have prevented ladies throughout Afghanistan from working.
“Most ladies authorities workers have been informed to remain house, excluding these working in sure sectors comparable to well being and schooling,” the report states. “Within the non-public sector, many ladies have been dismissed from high-level positions. The Taliban’s coverage seems to be that they are going to enable solely ladies who can’t be changed by males to maintain working. Girls who’ve continued working informed Amnesty Worldwide that they’re discovering it extraordinarily tough within the face of Taliban restrictions on their clothes and habits, such because the requirement for ladies docs to keep away from treating male sufferers or interacting with male colleagues.”
“Twenty years in the past, when the Taliban took management of Afghanistan, the very first thing they did was a ban on ladies’s entry to schooling,” Nazhand stated. “The Taliban saved numerous ladies in isolation and as an illiterate inhabitants; the end result was a paralyzed and backward society. We should not neglect that the Taliban are nonetheless affected by the novel and repressive mindset that they’d maintain 20 years in the past. We should not stay the ladies that we had been 20 years in the past, and we is not going to stay silent.”
Safety threats and acts of terrorism have additionally been a serious concern to the scholars in Afghanistan. In late October, a suicide bomber attacked a category filled with over 500 college students in west Kabul, killing not less than 54 faculty graduates — amongst them had been 54 younger women. The assault marked the second lethal assault on schooling facilities within the nation because the Taliban had taken over energy.