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A 41% male: only Afghan college and high school students were allowed to resume way to school yesterday, a measure deplored by Unicef, which urged the new Taliban regime not to “leave the girls behind.”
Ten days after the reopening of private universities in the country, the Ministry of Education announced Friday that “all male teachers and secondary school students” would return to their institutions, without making any mention of teachers or college girls. This vagueness risks fueling even more the concern of a part of the Afghan population and the international community who fear to see the same scenario reoccurring as during the first passage to power of the fundamentalists, between 1996 and 2001.
The Islamist movement had led a particularly brutal policy towards women, who were not allowed to work, study, play sports, or go out alone in the street.
The number of schools had tripled in 20 years
After the departure of the Taliban, driven out by an international coalition led by the United States, women had gradually been able to recover their fundamental rights and access jobs that had been prohibited to them, as judge, parliamentarian or pilot.
“Unicef welcomes the reopening of secondary schools in Afghanistan, but stresses that girls must not wind not to be left out, “reacted Friday the executive director of the UN agency, Henrietta Fore. “It is essential that all, including the oldest, can resume their education without further delay, and that teachers can also continue to teach”, insisted Unicef in a statement, recalling the “considerable progress in the countries over the past two decades. “In the space of twenty years, the number of schools has tripled and the number of children in school has increased from 1 million to 9.5 million, according to the UN agency.
Prevention of vice
Since their return to power, the Taliban tried to reassure the international community by ensuring, among other things, that women’s rights would be respected.
But these statements have been weakened in recent weeks by several decisions taken by the new executive afghan where there is no woman. The Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vices now seems to occupy the premises of the former Ministry of Women’s Affairs.