Girls Seek to Study Abroad as Universities Remain Closed to Females


Afghanistan: Female students said they are seeking education overseas after universities were closed to females.

The students said that they have applied for scholarships abroad for virtual and campus institutions but now are facing problems in traveling due to a lack of a male to accompany them.

The Islamic Emirate has announced that no female can travel without an accompanying male.

“There are some scholarships that the female students can apply for, but, unfortunately, the Islamic Emirate imposed restrictions on traveling without an accompanying male,” said Azada Bakhshi, a student.

The female students also called on the Islamic Emirate to reopen universities for female students.

“The doors of the university for girls have been closed. The girls have no choice but to find another country for a scholarship and go to overseas for making their future,” said Sharifa.

The women’s rights activists said that the closing of universities damages the Afghan education sector.

“This is a big blow to the educational system of Afghanistan. We call on the Islamic Emirate to reopen the doors of schools and universities for girls,” said Arizo Khurasani, a women’s rights activist.

“The Islamic Emirate does not allow girls to travel without a male accompanying them. They also have problems with passports. The solution is that the Islamic Emirate needs to review its policies and allow Afghan girls to study in their own country,” said Khatira Hissar, women’s rights activist.

It has been nearly one month since the start of the educational year, but female students have yet to be allowed to attend their universities.

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