Emotionally on stage, backstage in tears: Somaya Faruqi calls on world leaders at UN to protect education Afghan girls

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Emotionally on stage, backstage in tears: Somaya Faruqi calls on UN world leaders to protect Afghan girls’ education | Photo: Reuters

Once the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last year, many young girls’ ambitions were dashed when an Islamist organization banned them and subsequently rejected a commitment to open high schools for women. Somaya Faruqi, the former captain of the Afghan girls’ robotics team, became emotional onstage after calling on world leaders at the United Nations a year after the Taliban came to power to defend women’s rights and education in Afghanistan. .

She revealed that it was difficult for 20-year-old Faruqi to contain herself and her emotions because “girls are not in the classroom this year; the classrooms are empty and they are at their homes.

In her speech, Faruqi said: “Today, Afghanistan is the only country in the world that forbids girls from going to school.” While proposing to leaders to unite to protect girls’ rights in Afghanistan, she reminded those who have suffered.


When the Islamist Taliban took control of the country in August last year and the United States and its allies withdrew their troops from Afghanistan after a 20-year conflict, Faruqi, who is currently a student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, left the country. country.

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Speaking at the UN in New York this week as world leaders gathered for the UN’s high-level summit, she asked them to come together and push for girls’ schools to reopen and the security of their rights in the General Assembly.

Faruqi noted, “This week you are all here to propose solutions to transform education for all, but you must [are] left behind, those who are not at all lucky enough to go to school.” “Show your solidarity with me and millions of Afghan girls.”

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Malala Yousafzai on Somaya Faruqi .’s speech

Malala Yousafzai, 2012 Nobel Peace Prize winner who was shot by a Taliban attacker in Pakistan while leaving school, criticized politicians for their inaction. She shared Somaya Faruqi’s speech at the UN on her Twitter.

Yousafzai stated Monday that the majority of the audience “know exactly what needs to be done. You should not make narrow, stingy and short-term commitments, but promise to uphold the right to finish school and close the funding gap once and for all.” to grab.” all of them.” After the Taliban invasion last year, she urged the international community not to compromise on preserving Afghan women’s rights.

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State of education for girls in Taliban invaded Afghanistan

The Taliban have stated that women are not allowed to leave the house without a male relative and that they must cover their faces, although some women in urban areas do not obey this directive. The Taliban withdrew their plan to provide secondary schools for girls in March.

Due to stricter regulations and the economic crisis in Afghanistan, thousands of women have been forced to work and most teenage girls no longer have access to education, foreign development organizations say.

According to the Taliban, women’s rights are respected in accordance with their understanding of Islamic law, and since March they have been trying to find a method to establish secondary schools for girls. Many leaders called on the Taliban to lift the ban on girls’ education.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Taliban to “immediately lift all restrictions on girls’ access to secondary school” during Monday’s Transforming Education Summit. According to Guterres, educating girls is one of the most crucial stages in achieving global peace, security and sustainable development.

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The Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience, an alliance between the State Department and Boston University aimed at improving Afghan women’s entrepreneurship and learning opportunities and broadening workplace opportunities both in Afghanistan and elsewhere, was launched Tuesday by United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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“This should come naturally to everyone on this planet by the year 2022. But of course it isn’t, and we have to fight for it. We have to fight for it every day,” Blinken added. Rina Amiri, the US special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights, expected the effort to meet with several difficulties. Any initiatives to aid the relocation of women into Afghan culture will be hampered by instability, lack of security and financial turmoil.

At the alliance event, Fereshteh Forough, CEO of Code to Inspire, the country’s first coding school for women and girls, stated that after the Taliban took power, she was forced to close the school and switch to online education.

(With input from Reuters)

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