Why do the Taliban in Afghanistan oppose women’s education?
My heart hurts all the time facing the helplessness of an Afghan woman who was born in Afghanistan, grew up in the dust, never slept in an air-conditioned room, never slept in a soft bed, never had a good meal, no clean water, no good shoes, no good clothes, no sufficient health, education! Love and happiness are not among the destinies of Afghan women.
Early marriage, early motherhood and lack of education are commonplace for an Afghan woman. Afghan women are always afraid of becoming widows after marrying at a young age and making their children orphans. And after forty years of long war, every woman in Afghanistan is grieving whose husband was killed, whose father was killed, whose brother and children were killed. And there is no healing, because those killed never return.
Afghan women face difficulties, struggles, worries, suffering and challenges at all stages of their lives. Moreover, those who have come to Iran, Turkey or Europe do not feel comfortable there either. They have problems with education, learning the language, cultural differences, and so on – it’s so difficult that you can’t even imagine!
Afghan women are the most innocent and sad women in the world, but they are also very hospitable and respectful people who smile. Afghan women respect others and expect honor in return. Unfortunately, their hearts are wounded.
The whole generation has grown up with war in Afghanistan for the last 40 years of war, and even before that, the differences between the Afghan government’s political parties, martial law, and attempts to overthrow the government meant that people did not
have received sufficient education. Education was their basic right.Since the time of King Amanullah Khan, the hero of Afghanistan’s liberation, Afghanistan has been dominated by religious groups, extremists and mullahs who oppose modern secular education and the education of women. Women’s education is absolutely unacceptable to them.
Since 2001, the government of former President Hamid Karzai has largely liberated the country and championed women’s rights and education. After Hamid Karzai, Ashraf Ghani’s government has built a large number of schools, colleges and universities in Afghanistan in the last eight years, given jobs to women and tried to spread education in the country.
But since the eight years of Ashraf Ghani’s government, the Taliban have constantly bombed schools for girls. They have attacked hundreds of universities, and the Taliban have always preached against modern education for women in Muslim places of worship, the mosques. They used violence and murder. They did not accept women’s education under any circumstances, and the imams in Muslim mosques strongly supported the Taliban. Any Islamic imam who disobeyed the Taliban was killed.
Under the governments of Hamid Karzai and Ashraf Ghani, education spread to the cities, but the villages remained excluded from education to this day because of the Taliban and Islamic religious extremists. The ordinary youth in the villages were also against women’s education because the imams in the mosques brainwashed them in their speeches. And they called women’s education a sin.
When the Afghan government collapsed last August and the Taliban took power, the Taliban began openly banning women’s education. Last week, the tears of an Afghan girl shook the world when she was sent back home from school because education for women in Afghanistan is banned from the sixth grade.
I wonder why Islam originated in Saudi Arabia, but women are allowed to go to school in Saudi Arabia but not in Afghanistan?
Turkey is also a Muslim country where girls are taught freely, women are allowed to be taught in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia, but not in Afghanistan.
That’s so funny! ? Or maybe I think that the Taliban have their own Islam, a self-created Islam!
All countries should show compassion to Afghanistan, the people and women of Afghanistan and force the Taliban to give up their hostility to women’s education.
Afghan women have the same right to education as everyone else. Education is a basic human right. Afghan women are also human beings like everyone else.
Write by; Noor Badshah Yousafzai