Afghan Students unite for a noble cause 'Right of Education For Women' in Chandigarh

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 08:18 hrs

Chandigarh: Afghan students northern Chandigarh city held a peaceful candle march to raise their voices against the atrocities committed against women seeking education.

They condemned the Taliban for committing atrocities against girls and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On October 9, the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai, a student and activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

She raised her voice against the Taliban diktat.

Afghan students, who are currently in India seeking Higher Education are not only to support Malala but thousand of such girls who fall prey to Taliban's atrocities and are denied the basic right of Education.

"We came here to show our support for those fighting for education, who wanna learn education. In my country there are cases, like two days ago a young girl was poisoned by Taliban, as she wanted to learn and seek education. There are people against it and we came here to show support, we are with education and we condemn those who attacked Malaya and her friends," said Jawid Amin an Afghan Student and protester.

The right to free and compulsory education is viewed by many as one of the most fundamental of all human rights.

It is particularly emphasized in the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is the most widely ratified of all international human rights treaties.

Afghanistan has long had one of the poorest education records in the world, with a low rate of school attendance and a high percentage of illiteracy.

Between 1996 and 2001, under the Islamic group the Taliban, the educational situation in Afghanistan worsened.

The school curriculum was restricted, schools were destroyed and Afghan females were banned from all educational life

"Right to education is an Islamic right and those who call themselves as soldiers of God are killing girls, but at the same time that God has given us the right to have education. It is compulsory in Islam for each man and woman to have education, so this rally is for the right of women to have education. We won't be silent anymore, voices will be raised and we have started our struggle," said Freshta Karim, an Afghan Student.

Since after the fall of Taliban Afghanistan recorded a series of attacks on girls and their schools by suspected Taliban sympathizers.

Many people in the country say it will take a long time to turn around male attitudes towards women.

But, young Afghan girls and boys are aware that education will bring a change in their country. 

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