Kamala Harris ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Ban on Afghan Girls’ Schooling
US Vice President Kamala Harris said on that she is “deeply saddened by the one-year anniversary of the ban on girls’ secondary school attendance in Afghanistan, and by the prohibition on university education for Afghan women.”
“We will never stop championing the rights of women and girls around the world,” Harris said on Twitter.
The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Rina Amiri, in an interview with CNN voiced concerns about the situation of Afghan women.
“Afghan women are leaders and they are resilient and they are fighting back. The world needs to understand to counter the narrative, that the situation of Afghan women is hopeless,” she said.
With the beginning of the school year in Afghanistan, female students in grade 6-12 were banned from attending their classes for the second year in a row.
Speaking to the UK’s Channel 4, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imram Khan suggested the Afghan interim government should not be isolated by the international community.
“Right now when you push them in isolation, why would they listen to anyone? So, my advice is to get them involved, get them a stake in the international community so that when you tell them to have girls educated, they will listen to you. Right now, they’re not,” he said.
UNICEF in Australia said on Twitter that it stands with every girl and woman in Afghanistan and calls on the de facto authorities to “allow all girls to return to school with immediate effect.”