Amiri discusses employment, education of Afghan women in Doha



The US special envoy for Afghanistan’s women, girls and human rights, Rina Amiri, said that nothing gives her more hope than seeing Afghans take the lead in expanding chances for employment and education for their people back home and in refugee settlements.

Amiri said on Twitter that she had discussed supporting Afghan women, girls, and boys with the deputy foreign minister of Qatar and the Education Above All Foundation in Doha.

“There is nothing that gives me greater hope than engaging Afghans leading the charge in expanding education & work opportunities for compatriots back home & in refugee communities. Many of these leaders lost everything overnight less than two years ago,” Rina Amiri tweeted.

Meanwhile, female students asked the Islamic Emirate to open schools and universities to girls.

Hasina Motasem, a student at the Faculty of Islamic Studies at Kabul University, became concerned about her future when the universities were closed to women.

“Schools, educational centers and universities are closed to girls, which is an unknown fate for girls. It is not known what will happen to them in the future, they ignored half of society,” Hasina said.

Some university professors and students said that the current government should not bar female students.

“Reopening schools and universities for Afghan females would not only solve an internal problem, but it is also a positive step for a good relationship with the nations of the world and the international community,” said Fazl Hadi Wazin, a university lecturer.

“We ask the Islamic Emirate to open the university to girls, this is our right, Islam has given women the right to education,” said Atefa Moatasim, a student.

Previously, Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi, the second deputy prime minister, stressed the need to strengthen educational institutions, during a seminar for academics at universities.

“If we claim that we are doing this and that to our country, it is all a dream and a delusion if we don’t first improve and update both the quality and quantity of our educational systems. In such a situation, we would never be able to achieve that,” said Abdul Salam Hanafi, the Prime Minister’s Administrative Deputy.

In a recent decision, the Islamic Emirate banned female students from taking the final medical exam.

Women’s education at private and public universities in the country was suspended by the current government nearly two months ago.