UN chief urges end to two-year Taliban ban on girls’ education

FILE PHOTO: U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) at the U.S. State Department in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2023. Source: Reuters

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a post on X has said that Monday, Sept. 18, marks two years since girls were banned from attending high school in Afghanistan.

“This is an unjustifiable violation of human rights that inflicts long-lasting damage on the entire country,” he said.

Guterres said that “girls belong in school”, calling on the Taliban to allow girls to go back to school.

Taliban banned girls from attending secondary schools two years back, leaving over 1.1 million children out of school.

Taliban has said that it will introduce a new mechanism for the return of girls to schools, but no step has been made on this so far.

Moreover, female students were banned from attending universities last December. Consequently, the Taliban barred women from working in non-governmental organizations and from attending university entrance exams that were held earlier this year.