12 Oct 2021

Afghanistan ‘is in crisis and nobody knows how to control it’, says girls’ education activist

It has been nearly a month since the Taliban effectively banned girls from secondary education by ordering schools to re-open only for boys. Millions of teenage girls across the country are now denied the opportunity to continue their education.

But one woman there has taken matters into her own hands. Pashtana Durrani  runs a charity which focuses on getting girls into education. Last week she launched her own secondary school programme teaching science, maths and the arts, and has enrolled around 100 girls.

We spoke to her and began by asking whether she was afraid of the Taliban’s response to her girls’ school.