Three newly built, coeducational schools in the Helmand province Afghanistan were destroyed by arson on Friday by suspected Taliban militants. The latest attacks follow a January 8 torching of an elementary school serving 1,350 female and male students in Kandahar.
In the past two months, in separate attacks a male teacher was killed by militants for teaching girls, a male headmaster of a coed school was beheaded, and a male student at a coed school was shot and killed. Hayatullah Rifiqi, education chief for the Kandahar province, said that despite the recent attacks, “…even now, in remote districts, teachers are teaching. They tell me, ‘The only thing that will take Afghanistan out of its troubles is education, and whatever price we pay, we have to do it’,” according to the Christian Science Monitor.
The Taliban had banned all education of girls from kindergarten on up. Since the fall of the Taliban, reemerging Taliban supporters and militias have destroyed dozens of schools for girls as well as coed schools.
Media Resources: Christian Science Monitor 2/2/06; Reuters 1/28/06; Associated Press 1/8/06
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. . . .