Saturday, November 27

Nobel Peace Prize: Malala Yousafzai insists Taliban allow girls to return to school

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Pakistani Taliban as a student, urged Afghanistan’s new rulers to allow girls to return to school.

“Religion does not justify preventing girls from going to school”

A month has passed since the Islamist Taliban, who took power in August, barred female students from going back to high school while ordering children to resume classes.

The Taliban have claimed that allow the girls to return once they have guaranteed safety and strict segregation according to their interpretation of Islamic law. However, many are skeptical.

Malala Yousafzai raises her voice

“For the Taliban authorities … revoke the de facto ban on girls’ education and immediately reopen secondary schools for them,” Yousafzai and several Afghan women’s rights activists claimed in an open letter published on Sunday.

Yousafzai called on the leaders of Muslim nations to make it clear to the Taliban that “religion does not justify preventing girls from going to school.”

“Afghanistan is now the only country in the world that bans girls’ education”said the signatories, including the head of the Afghan Human Rights Commission of the last government backed by the United States, Shaharzad Akbar.

The signatories also called on the world leaders of the G20 (The Group of 20) to provide urgent funds for an educational plan for Afghan children.

Malala Yousafzai’s struggle

Yousafzai was shot by militants from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the ideological twin of the Afghan Taliban, in his hometown in the Swat Valley while on a school bus in 2012.

Now 24 years old, advocates for girls’ education and his Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization, has invested $ 2 million in Afghanistan.



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