Three Afghan schools have now been affected by alleged gas poisoning targeting schoolgirls. Nearly 100 girls were hospitalized in the most recent incident Tuesday and 60 students were hospitalized after a separate attack Monday, according to the Associated Press. In each incident, students have become ill soon after reporting strong odors.
It is unclear if the attacks are the work of Taliban sympathizers who are against educating girls. Though the schools are all north of Kabul in Kapisa province, a region that has not been strongly controlled by the Taliban, the head of security there told Reuters that Taliban involvement in the attacks is likely. During the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which lasted until 2001, girls were forbidden to attend school.
Violence against girls' schools has been rising in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Last year, Taliban insurgents were arrested in the case of an acid attack against schoolgirls in the southern city of Kandahar. In Pakistan's Swat Valley, more than 130 schools, many of which were all girl institutions, have been destroyed in the area in the past year.
Media Resources: Feminist Daily Newswire 12/3/08,1/5/09; BBC 5/12/09; Reuters 5/12/09; Associated Press 5/12/09
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .