A female Uzbek doctor who has been providing medical care to people in Uruzgan province for 20 years asked that the Islamic Emirate reopen schools for girls over grade six in the country.
Along with offering health care, Negara Heydarova has provided numerous women in the country the opportunity to pursue their schooling.
"Schools for girls should be opened. Although we are pleased that they can now attend university, females in Uruzgan province are only allowed to attend school until the sixth grade, and above sixth grade are in their houses. Hundreds of girls come to me with mental health issues, she claimed.
Negara stated that she is extremely saddened by the closing of girls' schools.
"Believe me, when I first came here, there was not a single female MD or doctor. As a result, it is preferable for a girl to attend school than a man,” said Nigara.
Meanwhile, residents of Uruzgan asked the current government to reopen girls' schools as soon as possible.
"If the schools continue closed like this, we fear that we will suffer the same crisis as in the past, as Negara mentioned,” said Javid Khpoplwak, a resident of Uruzgan.
"It is disappointing that schools are not open to female students," said Zangina, a student.
The Uzbek doctor's call for the reopening of girls' schools comes as it is unclear if they will reopen or not, even though more than a year has passed.
Previously, the Islamic Emirate said that the reopening of girls' schools depends on the decision of the Islamic Emirate leader, but it is not yet clear when this decision will be made.
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