WASHINGTON: Human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assault by the Pakistani Taliban in 2012, argued Monday for stronger US assist of Afghan women and girls throughout a go to to Washington.
“Afghanistan proper now’s the one nation the place ladies shouldn’t have entry to secondary schooling. They’re prohibited from studying,” the 24-year-old, who works with feminine Afghan activists, famous in remarks standing alongside US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“That is the message of Afghan ladies proper now: we need to see a world the place all ladies can have entry to secure and high quality schooling,” she added, whereas presenting a letter addressed to President Joe Biden from a 15-year-old Afghan woman named Sotodah.
Sotodah wrote in her letter that “the longer colleges and universities stay closed to women, the extra it can shade hope for [their] future,” in response to Yousafzai.
“Women’ schooling is a strong software for bringing peace and safety,” added Yousafzai, studying the letter, “If ladies don’t be taught, Afghanistan will undergo, too.”
Secondary colleges in Afghanistan, the place the Taliban regained energy this summer time, have reopened for boys solely, and solely males are permitted to show.
“We hope that the US, along with the UN, will take speedy actions to make sure that ladies are allowed to return to their colleges as quickly as attainable,” Yousafzai famous earlier than a non-public assembly with the secretary.
Blinken, whose nation this summer time swiftly withdrew its troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of warfare, saluted Yousafzai as “an inspiration to women and girls world wide,” and somebody who “by her work, by her efforts, is making an actual distinction.”