Educating the Afghan Girls

Parwiz Karimi:

Parwiz Karimi

Afghanistan has always been the victim of the western political games throughout the history. The Afghan society has gone through distortion and adversity to fight its way to peace and prosperity, but it has rather faced a paralyzing humanitarian crisis and a dark age of social and cultural isolation of its own people which has disabled the Afghan society to function as a multi-ethnic habitat.

In the ups and downs of the mysterious political career of the Afghan society, the Afghan girls haven’t only been the victims of war and terror, but also, the main sacrifice of the wrongdoings and misunderstandings of the patriarchal Afghan society ruled by men.

For the past 30 years, the Afghan girls have been socially imprisoned, physically and psychologically tortured. Such a facade of cultural and religious paradigms are initiated from the very own blind misunderstandings of a man in the society that women are inferior to men.

Educating the Afghan girls has been a burning topic in the social media. It has been debated time and time again to provide more opportunities for the Afghan girls to get an education or have the same opportunities as boys. But there has never been a pragmatic step to actually make it easier for girls to go to school or at least lift the boundaries they face in getting access to higher education. The entire governmental incentives to reinforce the importance of educating girls have only reached less than 10% of the Afghan population.

I scrutinize the problem with great care and understand taking into consideration all the factors that could cause the formation of a boundary for the Afghan girls to get into education or get access to higher education. In the end, I realized that the Afghan girls can overcome all the challenges they face – but the detrimental social paradigm that girls are inferior to boys.

Thus, it is not financial aspects or the availability of schools, colleges or universities that hinders girls from education. It is a simple but profound poisonous belief system that has been transformed into a cultural cult to priorities educating boys over educating girls.

PC- Richard Wainwright

In my language of simplicity – the Afghan girls have been terrorized into a dark period of sightlessness and blindness to make them feel and act inferior to boys!

Though there is a storm of modernization hitting the soul of the Afghan society, but the Afghan girls still get punished for having a vision to make their own decisions in their lives. Rokhshana was a 19years old girl who was stoned to death after she rejected to marry an old man. Instead, she decided to have a relationship with a man of her age.

Lack of democracy is a fundamental problem in Afghanistan. This has resulted in the extinction of thousands of dreams and has forced the Afghan girls to go with the flow of unjust cultural tradition and social misconception – to feel and act inferior to men.

The Afghan government needs to introduce a national scheme to help girls make their own decisions. The Afghan girls don’t only need financial but firm moral support to help them overcome the so-called social and cultural challenges such discrimination and sexism.  A new law has to be introduced to emphasize that students should stay in education until they are 18 years of age – compulsory education.

For the Afghan girls to get an education, the Afghan people need to change their vision, their mindset and maybe think outside the box.

The past looks dark as hell, but the future must look bright because I dare to dream of a fair and perceptive Afghanistan in which men and women have the same rights – a state of the art country in which being a girl is not a crime.

Parwiz Karimi is the founder of Afghan Youth Association and a student at the University of Leeds studying Chemical And Energy Engineering. His hobbies include writing and painting.




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