A yr after the Taliban took energy in Afghanistan, hard-liners seem to carry sway within the Taliban-led authorities. Teenage women are nonetheless barred from college and girls are required to cowl themselves from head to toe in public, with solely their eyes displaying. The spiritual group has didn’t ship on varied guarantees to allow women’ return to the classroom. The ban targets grades 7-12, primarily impacting women age 12 to 18.

The Taliban re-opened excessive colleges to boys whereas instructing women to stay at dwelling. The U.N. estimates that greater than 1,000,000 women have been barred from attending highschool over the previous yr.

“The continuing exclusion of ladies from highschool has no credible justification and has no parallel wherever on the earth. It’s profoundly damaging to a era of ladies and to the way forward for Afghanistan itself,” stated Potzel, who can be the U.N. secretary-general’s deputy particular consultant for Afghanistan.

To mark the Sunday anniversary, 50 women despatched a letter entitled “A 12 months of Darkness: A Letter from Afghan women to heads of Muslim nations and different world leaders.” The ladies hail from the capital Kabul, japanese Nangarhar province and northern Parwan province.

“The previous yr, we have now been denied human rights, reminiscent of the appropriate to realize an schooling, the privilege to work, the freedom to reside with dignity, freedom, mobility and speech, and the appropriate to find out and determine for ourselves,” Azadi, an 18-year-old Eleventh-grade scholar from Kabul, stated within the letter. The ladies named within the letter gave solely their first names.

The U.N. stated the denial of schooling violates essentially the most elementary rights of women and girls. The world physique stated it will increase the chance of marginalization, violence, exploitation and abuse in opposition to women and is a part of a broader vary of discriminatory insurance policies and practices focusing on girls and women because the de facto authorities assumed energy in the summertime of 2021.

The U.N. once more referred to as upon the Taliban to reverse the slew of measures they’ve launched limiting Afghan girls and women’ enjoyment of their fundamental rights and freedoms.

Since taking energy, the Taliban have struggled to manipulate and stay internationally remoted. An financial downturn has pushed tens of millions extra Afghans into poverty and starvation because the circulate of international help has slowed to a trickle.

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