Afghanistan: Girls’ Education Must For Recognition, Deputy UN Chief Tells Taliban

United Nations: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said that “Ensuring all Afghan girls can be educated must be ‘a zero condition’ for the Taliban, before international recognition of their de facto authority.”

Ms Mohammed said this during a panel discussion on supporting a future for girls’ education in Afghanistan. The interaction was held on the margins of the UN General Assembly, according to UN News.

She also made it clear that international aid to Afghanistan could be conditional on education for women and girls. “Absolutely…continues to remain upfront,” she said.

“This is where we have to have resolve: that recognition comes with your ability to be part of a global family. That has a certain set of values and rights that must be adhered to. And education is up front and centre, especially for girls and for women,” Ms Mohammed was quoted as saying by UN News.

It may be recalled that the Taliban had barred girls from going to school soon after they took over the reins in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the US Army in mid-August.

The terror group made several changes to the existing system, one of which was barring the girls from attending schools. This had prompted protests on the streets only to be undermined by the Taliban regime.

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