Ban on girls’ education won’t last, Nobel laureate Malala tells Taliban – Reuters

DOHA, Qatar – The Taliban’s ban on girls’ education will not last forever, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai said on Saturday, stressing that Afghan women now know what it is to be “empowered”. “.

The hardline Afghan regime closed secondary schools for girls just hours after they reopened this week, prompting a small protest by women and girls in the capital Kabul.

“I think it was much easier for the Taliban (to enforce) a ban on girls’ education in 1996,” said Yousafzai, who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight for the right. of all children to education, at the Doha Forum.

“It’s much more difficult this time, it’s because women have understood what it means to be educated, what it means to be empowered. This time it will be much more difficult for the Taliban to maintain the ban on girls’ education.

“This ban will not last forever.”

The fundamentalist Taliban kept girls out of school during their rule of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when it was ousted by the US-led invasion.

He quickly returned to power when US forces withdrew last year.

The United States has called off planned talks in Doha with the Taliban after schools were closed this week.

Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban aged 15, said girls’ education should be a condition of the Taliban’s diplomatic recognition.

“They shouldn’t be recognized if they don’t recognize the human rights of women and girls,” she said.

Fawzia Koofi, former chairperson of the Afghan Commission for Women, Civil Society and Human Rights, told the forum: “This is basically a genocide of a generation.

“How could anyone in this world in the 21st century… ban education for girls? I don’t think the rest of the world, especially the Muslim world, should agree,” she said.

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