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Malala’s Urging Us to Sign an Open Letter Calling on World Leaders to Get Every Afghan Girl Back in School

Malala Yousafzai is urging us all to read, sign and share an open letter calling on world leaders to take urgent action so girls in Afghanistan can go back to school.

The letter, which was written by the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Taliban shooting survivor in conjunction with women’s rights advocates Zarqa Yaftali and Shaharzad Akbar, is directed at the Taliban, G20 leaders and Muslim countries.

“One month ago, the Taliban shut school gates for millions of Afghan girls — robbing them of not just an education but also their futures,” the letter begins.

 

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“Afghanistan is now the only country in the world that forbids girls’ education. Leaders everywhere must take urgent, decisive action to get every Afghan girl back in school,” the message continues before outlining what that urgent action is exactly.

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It includes having the Taliban re-open schools for girls, calling on G20 leaders to commit to urgent funding to support the education of Afghan children and having leaders of Muslim countries issue public statements on the Islamic imperative for girls’ education, because “religion does not justify preventing girls from going to school.”

The Taliban has previously claimed they will allow girls back into the classroom though it hasn’t happened yet.

In an interview with BBC’s Yalda Hakim, Malala expressed her deep concern that the “ban might last for years if we do not take action immediately.”

Malala also said: “It just seems like the Taliban are very very scared and terrified of an educated woman.”

The open letter has already been signed by over 730,000 people around the world. You can learn more and sign it HERE.

(Feature Image Credit: @malala/Instagram)

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