Guterres asks the Taliban to return girls to schools a year after their ban

MADRID, Sep. 18 (.) –

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has reiterated this Sunday his request to the Taliban to allow Afghan girls to return to school, all this on the day that marks one year since they were prohibited from accessing the education.

“This Sunday marks a year since girls were banned from school in Afghanistan. A year of lost knowledge and opportunities that they will never get back,” Guterres lamented in a message on his Twitter account.

In this sense, the UN Secretary General has demanded that the Taliban – who took Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on August 15, 2021 – let girls enter schools.

“Girls must be in school. The Taliban must let them back in,” Guterres said.

Last year, after children returned to school, the Taliban announced that only boys could go to class, while female students had to stay at home.

Since then, they have promised on several occasions that the reopening of classes for female high school students and above in Afghanistan would take place “in the near future”, a decision reminiscent of the previous Taliban regime between 1996 and 2001, when they also assured that the girls would go back to school when the situation improved.

The Taliban authorities have faced criticism for the closure of educational centers and the exclusion of female students from them, amid a battery of discriminatory measures against women that distance them from their jobs and govern aspects of their daily lives. .

The Taliban have installed a government marked by the lack of women and representatives of other political groups. Despite this, the deputy prime minister of Afghanistan, Abdulsalam Hanafi, stressed in October that this Executive “is inclusive” and added that the fundamentalist group has tried to incorporate all ethnic groups and social sectors into the new authorities.

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