First lady of Afghanistan pleas for education for girls

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In a similar push for female liberation to that of Saudi Arabia’s in recent months, the first lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani,  acknowledged the dire need for improvement in the country’s female education this week.

Sixteen years after the Taliban was ousted from control over the Afghan government, the terror group still holds significant influence, and two-thirds of females are kept home from school.

Ghani, who delivered remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, appealed to international aid groups for assistance in training women living in rural regions to become teachers, noting a disproportionate level of support in Afghanistan’s five urban centers.

Afghanistan struggles with a general shortage of teachers, but the difficulty of enticing female teachers to relocate to rural areas has undercut Kabul’s efforts to expand education access in those regions, particularly for girls.

According to a report released earlier this month by Human Rights Watch, fewer than 20 percent of teachers are female in half of the country’s provinces, creating a “major barrier” for the girls whose families will not allow their daughters to be taught by men.

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