Let Girls Go to School

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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  1. I agree! What a persuasive piece. I wish all the men I know would read it!

  2. Thank you for writing. I am glad your family supports you in your efforts to become educated. I agree that women should have the opportunity to attend school and hope these chances increase in your country. Good luck with your studies. Keep writing as often as you can. You tell a story very well.


  3. It is interesting that your uncle has power within your family. Perhaps men feel threatened by the power and knowledge that women gain through education. It is the old story of wanting men wanting dominate and control women. In the U.S.A. this same drive for male dominance continues to play out in different ways, most notably with thecurrent issue about birth control, or control of women’s bodies. .

  4. Claudia says:

    I really like your use of description and detail. I can not imagine having a life like that. It is very brave that you are willing to share your story with complete strangers, it helps those who do not appreciate what they have, appreciate. It helps those who do not understand what it is like to live in such a different place, in what may even seem like a different time. I believe that you are a very courageous women, who could very well inspire others.

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