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No one is opposed to girls’ education

Bayan News – The issue of education for girls in Afghanistan has once again become a headline in Afghan and international media today, Tuesday, August 15, marking the second anniversary of the collapse of the Republic and the reestablishment of the Islamic Emirate’s control.

Girls above the sixth grade were deprived of attending schools just a few weeks after the Islamic Emirate took over, and the same restriction applied to female university students.

In the past two years, women and girls have faced serious limitations. After education, women were prohibited from working in offices, and the restrictions extended even to women’s salons.

Among the priorities of the Islamic Emirate authorities was girls’ education. Some officials of the current government clearly stated that the current system is not opposed to girls’ education.

Salahuddin Ayubi, a commander of the Islamic Emirate with Uzbek origin, said in an interview with the media that no one is opposed to girls’ education. He emphasized the need to create a suitable environment for girls once the schools are unblocked.

He added, “99% of the Islamic Emirate’s leadership demands the reopening of educational centers for girls, but creating an Islamic atmosphere in a country that has been under attack in all aspects, including its culture, for the past twenty years, takes time.”

This Islamic Emirate commander stressed that the leadership of the Islamic Emirate is more interested in continuing the education of women and girls than anyone else.

Meanwhile, Sher Mohammad Stanekzai, the political representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also emphasized girls’ education in Afghanistan in an interview.

He emphasized that education is the natural and legal right of girls, and the Islamic Emirate is committed to it.

Earlier, an official from the Ministry of Higher Education of the Islamic Emirate had also stated that Afghan universities are ready to admit female students, pending the leadership’s order.

Despite international pressure over the past two years, the caretaker Kabul government has not yet decided on the reopening of girls’ schools and universities, and it is unclear when this will happen.

The closure of schools to girls has resulted in social problems among girls, women, and even families.

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