Afghan Boys Are Using Social Media to Protest Taliban Banning Girls From Going to School

As the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan, the extremist group has implemented its new education ministry. This has meant that middle and high school boys can now return to school, but the group mentions nothing about when girls of the same age might be able to return to their classes. In response to this obvious attempt to stifle the education of girls, young people are protesting the decision on social media.

The photos of kids online show them holding signs that share how they feel about the unfair and unequal treatment that girls are receiving under the Taliban rule. One of the most popular phrases, which has since become a hashtag for the cause, is: “We don’t go to school without our sisters.”

Many boys in Kabul are also showing solidarity by skipping school. “I didn’t go to school today to show my disagreement with the Taliban, and to protest them forbidding girls going to school,” one male student named Rohullah, said. “Women make up half the society. This shows that the Taliban haven’t changed. I will not show up at school until girls’ schools are open too.”

After taking power in August, the Taliban leaders had promised to support women’s education, although it would have to be in gender-segregated settings. Additionally, they assured that women would be able to work. But, there are now reports of women being kept home from work—only those in positions who cannot be replaced by men can still work.

Many women and girls are fleeing the country so they can continue their work and education. Some have been fortunate, as is the case of many members of the Afghan Dreamers, an all-girls robotics team. They have relocated to Mexico and Qatar.

The Taliban has allowed middle and high school boys to return to school but not girls of the same age.

Boys are protesting on social media with the hashtag #WithoutMySisterIwillNotGoToSchool.

h/t: [Reddit]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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