Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai has sent an open letter to Taliban and world leaders as Afghan girls are facing restrictions to return to school following the takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban group.
“To the Taliban authorities, you assured the world that you would respect the rights of girls and women — but you are denying millions their right to learn. Reverse the de facto ban on girls’ education and re-open girls’ secondary schools immediately,” Malala said in the open letter co-signed by several other activists, including Zarqa Yaftali and Shaharzad Akbar of Afghanistan.
The letter further states that “One month ago, the Taliban shut school gates for millions of Afghan girls — robbing them of not just an education but also their futures.”
Addressing the world leaders, Malala said “To the leaders of the G20 nations, discussing the importance of education isn’t enough. Use the G20 Leaders’ Declaration to call on the Taliban to allow girls to go to school and provide urgent funding to support a coordinated education plan for all Afghan children.”
She also addressed the leaders of Muslim countries in another part of the letter, insisting that “Religion does not justify preventing girls from going to school. Make this clear to Taliban leaders by issuing public statements on the Islamic imperative for girls’ complete education.”
The Taliban group asked teenage girls to stay home after taking over Afghanistan in August, claiming that the situation was not appropriate for the return of girls to educational institutes.
Meanwhile, an interior ministry official, has said the girls will be allowed to return to secondary schools in the near future.