In anticipation of the “Gathering of Islamic Clerics”, a number of female students in Kabul are calling on the gathering to make a decision on the opening of girl’s schools above the sixth grade.
According to them, the uncertain future of girls' schooling will also affect the country's political destiny.
“It feels very bad when a girl wants to make her future but she is not allowed to go to school,” a female student said.
They also said that due to the closure of schools, they have suffered a lot of psychological harm.
The Islamic Emirate previously claimed to have established a nine-member committee to review the reopening of schools; however, nearly two months have passed since the committee's formation, and no progress has been reported.
“If any government wants to make progress, there is no other way except education,” said Wahida Adalatjo, a university lecturer.
“All scholars are urging that the gates of schools be opened to girls as soon as possible,” said Abdul Malik Mujaddidi, a religious scholar.
Meanwhile, Hannah Neumann, a member of the EU Parliament, said that the gathering will have no meaning and no legitimacy as long as the Islamic Emirate do not invite women to the gathering.
“The Taleban can hold as many Jirgas as they want to - as long as they don’t invite women, these events have no legitimacy. It’s not an ideology but a fact, women make up half of Afghanistan,” she tweeted.
“It has had a very bad impact on women and girls; girls in the current situation do not know what will happen to them,” said Rabia, a teacher.
285 days have passed since the closure of girls’ schools above sixth grade in Afghanistan, provoking widespread national and international reactions.