Marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the U.S. Mission in Afghanistan praised the achievements of the Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team, tweeting that the team is a “shining example of hope and hard work” and that Afghan women and girls “deserve to be educated at all levels.”
Afghan Girls’ Robotics have been international recognised and taken on multiple competitions.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres also stated that “more women and girls in science equals a better future for all.” He emphasised the importance of promoting gender equality in science and breaking down stereotypes to create more opportunities for women in science-related fields.
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And the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha, called on Member States and OIC institutions to intensify efforts in ensuring equal rights for women and girls in science and technology. He stated that the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to science for women and girls.
“This day is an opportunity to follow up on the full implementation of the said OIC resolution in order to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls,” Hissein Brahim Taha said.
Despite international efforts convince the Taliban leaders to change course, the group continues to restrict the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan by closing schools and universities to girls and prohibiting women from education, work, and travel.