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The Taliban took away girls' schools. Now poor families sell them or give them to rich husbands

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The United Nations Women's Agency reports that underage girl marriages in Afghanistan have increased by 25 percent since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan and banned post-primary education for women. Some families marry off their underage daughters out of poverty to get rid of one member of the household.

From the data UN for 2023 shows that over 28 percent women were married before the age of 18, over 9 percent – before their 15th birthday – according to the organization's report.

Some families marry off their underage daughters out of poverty to get rid of one member of their household. Others wanted to get a walwar for a girl – a sum of money given to her parents by her fiancé. Still others to avoid having to marry off their daughters to Taliban fighters, the portal claims.

– I did not have choice. My parents told me that since I couldn't get an education, there was no other option for me than getting married, a married 17-year-old told the portal's journalists.

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Girls in Afghanistan can only go to school until the sixth grade QUDRATULLAH RAZWAN/PAP/EPA

“Gross violation of girls' right to education”

Currently, girls in Afghanistan they can only go to school up to and including sixth grade.

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) recalled that Thursday marked 1,000 days since the Taliban government announced the closure of girls' secondary schools.

“1,000 days out of school for 1.5 million girls represents a loss of 3 billion hours of learning,” Catherine Russell, executive director of UNICEF, said in a statement.

– This is not only a gross violation of girls' right to education, but also depriving them of (future – editor's) opportunities and deterioration of mental health – said Russell, emphasizing that preventing half of the population from learning will also have serious consequences for the Afghan economy.


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