On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stressed the critical importance of ensuring full access to education for women and girls, particularly in Afghanistan where the Taliban has imposed educational restrictions.
The UN highlighted the essential role of equal access to education, science, technology, and innovation for Afghanistan’s economic development.
The World Food Program also raised concerns over Taliban restrictions on women and girls, warning that these limitations could impede progress in Afghanistan.
Despite obstacles, some Afghan female students are persevering with their studies online. Activists have criticized the Taliban’s policies, citing numerous directives that restrict and marginalize women.
The impact of these restrictions extends to women’s ability to work, leading to financial challenges and prompting some to seek opportunities outside the country.
Girls and women deprived of education have reported mental health issues and forced marriages, causing families to flee. These issues highlight the urgent need to address educational barriers and empower women and girls in Afghanistan.