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Talking about girls’ right to education is not a political slogan, says senior Iranian diplomat

Iran’s Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, Seyed Rasoul Mousavi, has said that discussing the right to education for girls in Afghanistan should not be treated as a mere political slogan.

In a tweet in Persian on Thursday, Mousavi shared photos of Afghan girls and expressed admiration for their strong enthusiasm for education. He said that if there were a way to measure the love of learning, girls of Afghanistan would rank at the top.

The Taliban previously confined women to their homes during their first rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. When the group regained power in August 2021, it imposed a ban on girls attending secondary schools.

In December 2022, the restrictions were further extended to deny women and girls access to university education and work for NGOs.

Despite significant pressure from human rights organizations, aid providers, and Islamic countries to lift these bans, the Taliban has continued imposing additional restrictions on women’s rights. The prohibitions now extend to women visiting amusement parks, traveling without a mahram (male guardian), and attending public baths.