The international community should make it clear to the Taliban that only if the Taliban allows women and girls to receive education will they receive international support and recognition, said child labor activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Satyarthi as one of the global advocates for the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). The issue of children in Afghanistan and the situation in the country were discussed at the UN General Assembly.
“If boys are not educated, especially girls, there is a risk of perpetual exploitation, injustice and violence,” Satyarthi told The Hindu. Satyarthi expressed concern after the Taliban government announced the resumption of secondary schools. The Taliban started the school but only called back children and male teachers. This suggests that Islamic groups do not want to bring back girls and female teachers.
“It simply came to our notice then [तालिबान] If the regime is really in power, they cannot remain aloof. They want financial support, they want political support, and they need recognition from many countries and the international community. I hope they will take a lenient stance for girls and women and only then will the international community lend a helping hand, ”Satyarthi said.