INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION DAY

Since 2019, the UN has been celebrating January 24 as the "International Day of Education".

The KASSUMAY Foundation once again wants to take the opportunity to refer to one of the facts that due to its severity and importance is being relevant during this year 2022 in relation to education. We refer to the restrictions, in this area, that Afghan girls and women are suffering.

In August 2021, with the Taliban coming back to power, there was a radicalisation of customs with a strict misinterpretation and imposition of Islamic law (torture, persecution, executions, increased forced marriages, the obligation to wear a burqa, a ban on foreign music and films, etc.). The new government has reinstated an emirate that with its laws has limited at all levels the rights of people and very seriously those of girls and women by institutionalizing patriarchal customs and achieving a regression over time in the social sphere. All this is affecting very strictly, the day-to-day life of Afghan girls and women.

Woman with Burka Europe Press Donald R

First of all, they have been banned from accessing secondary education, that is, from the age of 12, and in mid-December they have also been banned from accessing university.

Taking into account that education is the basis for a just, egalitarian and self-sufficient society, which helps eradicate poverty and hunger, contributes to improving health and promotes gender equality and reduces social inequality, we reflect and assess what future they will have if they cannot access decent education.

Although in Afghanistan going against the Taliban and defending human rights publicly comes at a high personal cost, several political leaders, people of culture and social activists said they would stand up to them. Many have had to go into exile because of the risk of their lives, but from outside the country they continue to fight in defense of the women who have had to stay there and for the freedoms in their country.

Fawzia Koofi Exiled political activist

In late December in Kabul, and in private housing, there was a protest by a group of girls against the Taliban's veto of women's education, also in response to the violence with which security forces have suppressed the latest demonstrations of women organized in the streets. They have regretted that the international community remains silent (the UN and the EU have made statements condemning the facts) and have also requested that they be returned to the world of work in full conditions.

With the desire for a quick restoration of freedoms we end with this little poem:

"If you plan for a year, plant wheat;
if you plan for a decade, plant trees;
if you plan for a life, educate people"

MARCH 8TH AT CASAMANCE

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY 2021

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY 2021

WORLD REFUGEE DAY

WORLD WATER DAY

WORLD POETRY DAY

WOMEN'S DAY

WORLD SOCIAL JUSTICE DAY

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE