Oxford University student Malala fears girls’ education ban


Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said she was concerned that the Taliban’s claim that their ban on girls’ education in Afghanistan was temporary was not true.

The Pakistani activist was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 after angering them with his campaign to educate girls.

She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I’m afraid this ban they’ve announced now they are calling temporary is not really temporary.”

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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said the Taliban’s commitment to protecting women’s rights was vague (Jonathan Brady / PA Archive)

She pointed to a similar promise made by the Taliban of a temporary halt to girls’ education in 1996, saying: “This ban lasted for five years.

Ms Yousafzai’s comments came after the outgoing head of the British armed forces, General Sir Nick Carter, said the current regime in Kabul was different from the original Taliban – who took power in the 1990s.

Asked about her hopes for a more moderate Taliban, she said: was able to go to their secondary schools …

“We call on the Taliban to immediately allow girls to have access to their full education, we call on G20 leaders and other world leaders to ensure that girls’ rights are protected in Afghanistan.”

Ms. Yousafzai said what she stood for was not a “privilege” but “basic human rights that every woman and girl should have”.

She said neighboring countries should help ensure that women’s rights are protected in Afghanistan.

“This is not just for the security of the Afghan people, but for the security of the entire region.

The 24-year-old activist, who married at her home in Birmingham last week, said she questioned the marriage but never opposed it.

She said: “I had concerns about marriage and it is true for many girls around the world who have seen reports on child marriage and divorce, and the power imbalance and how girls and women compromise more than men, and how many of these customs are influenced by patriarchy and misogyny.

“So you have to question the systems we live in and you have to question the status quo, but I’m lucky I found a husband who understands my values.

“He understands my sense of humor and we have a lot in common.”

She revealed on Twitter that she married her partner Asser Malik during a small service on Tuesday. The photos showed her in a pink dress, while Mr. Malik wore a matching tie.

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Ms. Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, winning the honor for her work campaigning for girls to have a universal right to education.

She graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics last year.

The activist also set up the Malala Fund, which aims to support girls’ education around the world.

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