“Open the schools” chant dozens of young Afghan women outside the Ministry of Education in Kabul.
It is one of the first protests after the Taliban opened secondary schools to girls on Wednesday only to close them again hours later.
“The Taliban should reopen schools for girls, because women make up half of Afghan society and the taliban can’t wipe out half of societywho can work side by side with men for the good of Afghanistan,” said activist Laila Wasim.
The Ministry had announced the school reopening for March 23 after eight months of closed schools in at least 28 of the 34 Afghan provinces. The exclusion of girls over 11 years of age was motivated by the need to develop a plan in accordance with Sharia, Islamic law, and Afghan culture.
Malala Yousafzai, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, called the day the Taliban regime prevented schoolgirls from going back to school devastating.
The United Nations, UNESCO, the United States and the European Union have called on the Taliban reverse their decision immediately. The international community has made equal rights to education one of the essential points in the negotiations with the Taliban regime after its withdrawal from Afghanistan.