Womanity continues to stand for Afghan Women&Girls
By Valentina Di Felice - Head of Impact and Learning
Illustration of the Girls Can Code program
In August 15th 2021, the government of Afghanistan collapsed and the country was taken over by Taliban who shortly after announced the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Since then, many activities have been halted, the bank system shut down for a few weeks and is currently gradually reopening and NGOs have been largely impossibilitated to work with the exception of some working on humanitarian assistance. The Afghan economy is in freefall due to years of conflict, drought, and covid-19. The result is that 18m people are in urgent need of humanitarian support and nearly 400,000 were forced from their homes since the beginning of the year, joining 2.9 million Afghans already internally displaced. Among them, women and girls are the most neglected and the first forgotten.
At the moment, girls can only attend education in grade 1 to 6 and in University that can offer segregated teaching. For this reason, de facto, only a few private universities reopened. While schools for boys, grade 7 to 12, reopened, the same did not happen for girls and their schools are currently still closed with the exception of 6 provinces.
Our program is currently on hold waiting for the right conditions to resume working in an environment that is safe for us, as Womanity´s staff and for our girl students. We are among the few organisations able to operate our bank account and were able to pay salaries and support our team on the ground. Furthermore, as private Universities reopened, we were able to resume our scholarship program supporting nine students.
Since the last week of September we are conducting a social media campaign to join forces with others and urge the leadership of Afghanistan to reopen schools for girls and the international community to stand in support of Afghan girls and women so that they can continue their education, have the freedom to pursue careers of their choice and contribute to build the future of our country.
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