Afghan girls make up only 35% of students in Afghanistan, and despite an overall increase in students, the percentage of girls enrolled is not increasing. Aid agencies like CARE International last week attributed the gender disparity in Afghan schools to a lack of female teachers, the number of Afghan girls forced into early marriages and work, and attacks on schools by militant extremists, reports AFP.
Afghan girls were forbidden to attend school during the Taliban regime . Even now, a third of Afghan schools serve boys only. Only 28% of teachers in Afghanistan are female, making schools accessible to few Afghan girls.
"Great achievements have been made in the education sector in Afghanistan. However, more must be done to ensure that girls are not excluded from education," CARE International said in a statement, reports Reuters.
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government,¬†was sworn in¬†as the new President of Afghanistan today at¬†the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .