About two dozen, mainly female, protesters gathered close to the Taliban’s Ministry of Education on Saturday morning, calling on the group to reopen girls’ secondary schools.
The Taliban have been widely condemned for issuing a last-minute U-turn earlier this week, ordering them to close, just hours after teenage pupils began to arrive for the start of the new academic year.
The protesters chanted, “Education is our right! Open the doors of girls’ schools!” while armed Taliban members looked on.
One female teacher attending told the BBC: “When it comes to standing up for freedom and the girls who want to go to school, I’m willing to die.
“We are here for the rights of our daughters to get an education. Without that right, we might as well be dead already.”
The Taliban has previously broken up demonstrations and detained those involved, but on this occasion the protest was allowed to continue.
First, what courage… these are women who are very likely to be brutalized or killed for speaking out. Yet there they are.
Second, while leftists in America can’t define what a woman is anymore, these women are fighting for basic rights that Americans take for granted.