Afghanistan: high school students refuse to go to school without their “sisters”

the essential While since Friday 17, schools for “male students and male teachers “reopened, the students decided to strike. The latter intend to protest against the decree of the Taliban, in which schools for girls remain closed.

Anger is brewing in the ranks of Afghan students. On social networks, dozens of male students testify to their refusal to return to school without their female classmates. Indeed, on Friday last September, the Taliban government issued a decree announcing the reopening of secondary schools for “male students and teachers. male “, leaving behind all Afghan girls and women. Girls high schools and colleges therefore remain closed.

The Taliban have prohibited girls from secondary school in Afghanistan. In solidarity, many boys have been refusing to go to school themselves. “We don’t go to school without our sisters”, reads this sign. pic.twitter.com/BY2RXBFJdk

– Yalda Hakim (@BBCYaldaHakim) September 19, 2021

But the students decided to fight back. Their message, “we will no longer go to school without our sisters”, is notably carried by young Rohullah. He is 18 years old, and is doing his last year in a high school in Kabul. The young man, who holds the message written in blue ink in the Arabic alphabet, is picked up by dozens of media outlets, such as the British daily The Independent or France info .

“Protest against this ban” 2021 Yet it was not he who started the movement, but it is he who today embodies the refusal of Afghans to go to school without their sisters. “If I didn’t go to high school today, it’s to protest against this ban, women are half of society, so no, I won’t go to class as long as the education for girls is n ‘will not have resumed “explained the young man in the columns of the Wall Street Journal .

Girls’ schools are set to reopen, Taliban spokespersons say. But these have not yet given any date. In 1996, when the Taliban took Kabul, girls’ schools were also closed. But without the networks, such movements could not have taken hold. Today, several of them are speaking out against the directives of the Taliban.

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