There is no valid argument that men or anyone can use to defend the exclusion of females from the privilege of education.

It is argued that women managing their households have no time to bury themselves in books, but as a woman I can say that most women would be able to do their domestic work all the better for being able to refresh their minds by reading. I feel sorry for Afghan girls because few men give permission to the daughters, sisters, or wives in their lives to pursue an education.

If a girl wants to go to school and her parents will not allow it, they will beat and and abuse her.

In my family every member supports me and wants me to get an education so I can help my country. But, there are still boundaries that I must not cross. If I said to my family that I want to work somewhere, they would stop me. My uncle tells me that I should stay at home and take care of the house. However, my father, mother, and brothers have always encouraged me to work hard and study.

Education is for all—not only for men. It is necessary! It is the height of selfishness for men, who fully appreciate the great advantages of a good education in their own lives, to deny these advantages to women.

We must let the girls go to school and teach the boys to leave them alone. In Afghanistan, boys are teasing and bothering the girls so much that most families don’t allow their daughters to go to school. Only by allowing all of the Afghan people to get educated will our country thrive again.

By Farzana

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