AFGHANISTAN GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN DANGER

The current crisis in Afghanistan has jeopardized girls’ education and future. Developments of the past month suggest that the Taliban does not intend to retain women’s rights, contrary to what was promised to the people of Afghanistan, as women have been removed from government positions and boys were invited to start school (rather than both girls and boys). There has been no statement saying that girls would be prohibited from receiving education, however, and universities have opened for both men and women.

Though girls living in Afghanistan have written about their fears and uncertainty of the future, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has commented on the situation saying that women will should be able to attend school as it is not Islamic to ban education for women.

The future remains undecided for girls in Afghanistan, and they continue to endure rapid changes to their world.

This spread includes excerpt from the International Rescue Committee and Hindustan Times. To read the full articles please visit: https://www.rescue.org/article/millions-afghan-girls-may-not-go-back-school-september and https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/imran-khan-says-stopping-women-from-accessing-education-unislamic-101632320003.

COVID IMPACT ON GENDER INEQUALITY

Something I haven’t thought about was how different genders have been affected by COVID-19, rather I assumed there wasn’t a huge difference.

Prior to the pandemic, we lived in a world where women had battled gender inequality in the workplace for years, though with countless setbacks, it had seemed that a trend of increasing opportunity and accessibility for all that identify as non-male was emerging.

However, the challenges that all people faced around the world during COVID, have had, and are likely to lead to, further disproportionate complications for minorities and women.

The spread above includes text from a recent report done by UN Women (if you would like to read the full text please visit: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1100082).