Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, women’s rights have been curtailed to an extent, however, it is a major concern for the women of Afghanistan. A young Afghan girl made a powerful speech over the necessity of educating girl children and women gaining immense support online.
In effect to conflict in the country and the Taliban’s return to power, since a month, closure of schools has been observed across Afghanistan, comprising capital city Kabul,
Statement released for reopening of academic institutions
Recently, a statement was released by the Taliban government asking administrators to arrange for the reopening of “madrassas, private and public schools and other academic institutions of the country”.
However, the statement revealed that returning to school was a privilege, which was only given to middle and high school boys in the county, whereas the statement made no mention of girls.
“All teachers and male students should attend school,” the statement declared, according to a Reuters report.
Students shares videos and photos
Citing the declaration, both boys and girls students have shared videos and photos stressing that girl students should also be allowed to continue their studies. One such video was shared by Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary on Twitter.
In the clip that was shared, a young girl is seen making an influential speech about the necessity for girls and women to be educated in Afghanistan. She says it is very important for the development of the county and also for the future generations.
Speech by Afhgan girl
In the video, the girl says, “It is an opportunity to do something for our county. Allah has given this opportunity and women have equal rights…So, who is the Taliban to take this opportunity and rights from us?”
The emotional speech continues with her saying, “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s mothers. If they do not have education, how will they teach manners to their children? I am from the new generation. I was not born to just eat, sleep and stay at home. I want to go to school. I want to do something for the development of my country.”
Further she points out, “Can you imagine how our country will develop without education? If I don’t get an education; if any girl in Afghanistan does not get an education, how will our next generation be well-mannered? If we have no education, we will not have any value in this world.”
“‘I want to go to school.’ Powerful message from this eloquent Afghan girl.” Mr Sarwary wrote while sharing the tweet.
The intense video swiftly went worldwide
The fiery speech of that girl got popular across social media with users acclaiming the girl’s courage for speaking out. The clip got over 48,300 views within hours of being uploaded and is being widely shared.
One user said “So brave. Really impressed. Hope she is safe, as well as her family. I am sure, speaking out is a dangerous decision,”
Addressing the child for it’s bravery another user asserted that the country has “lost everything, particularly this kind of genius girls.”
“You can’t stop us! The powerful voice of an Afghan girl,” read another comment.
“That girl is very brave, cowards are those who fear intelligent and prepared women,” read another comment.