Girls education must remain a priority

Young women participate in a literacy class in Kabul as part of the Women’s Learning Center project with the Afghan Institute of Learning in 2002.

As events unfold in Afghanistan, our thoughts are with women and girls as they transition to life under the rule of the Taliban.

Zonta International has worked with Afghan women and girls on various health and edcuation programs since 2002 and has issued a statement that says, in part:

 …we acknowledge and share concerns that Afghan women will have imposed limitations that prohibit them from being actors in their own decision-making, which is a fundamental human right. 

We will work through our General Consultative Status at the United Nations to continue to advocate to ensure that women and girls in Afghanistan and elsewhere are able to participate fully in their societies and that girls have access to a quality education and can pursue that education without fear for their safety.

To read the full statement, click here.

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