UN calls Taliban to uphold Afghan girls’ right to education


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

UNITED NATIONS, 19th Sept. The head of the UN fund for education in emergencies Yasmine Sherif on Monday said that the international community must ensure that every girl in Afghanistan has an opportunity to learn, on the second anniversary of the Taliban’s edict banning secondary education for girls.

Yasmine Sherif, Executive Director of Education Cannot Wait said “Denying education to girls is a violation of universal human rights.”.

“The de facto authorities can do the right thing for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan by ensuring that every girl in Afghanistan can access quality education and contribute to rebuilding their war-torn country,” she added.

Ms. Sherif reported that 80 per cent of school-age Afghan girls are not in the classroom.

She said “That’s 2.5 million girls denied their right to the safety, protection, opportunity of education – their inherent human right,”.

Education Cannot Wait has expressed solidarity with all girls in Afghanistan who are courageously speaking up for the right to education.

The fund launched a campaign, #AfghanGirlsVoices which will highlight the issue throughout the year.

“Together, we must ensure that, through education, every girl in Afghanistan can emerge from the shadows so they can contribute to a brighter future which every Afghan so deserves,” said Ms. Sherif.

ECW runs a multi-year resilience programme in Afghanistan to support over 250,000 children and young people across some of the most remote and underserved areas of the country.

The foundation has appealed for urgent funds to fill a $30 million shortfall to implement the programme and the $670 million required to fully finance a new strategic plan to reach 20 million crisis-affected children worldwide over the next three years

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