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.
3/10/2014 Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide - The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
Overall, there was a 1.5 percentage increase last year in the number of women holding seats in government worldwide. . . .