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Malala Yousafzai says Biden has “a huge responsibility” to Afghan women

President Biden has a “huge responsibility” to Afghan women who saw their freedoms curtailed under the Taliban as a result of the US withdrawal, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said.

“I would definitely ask her to stand up and support women’s rights in Afghanistan and stand up for girls’ education. We cannot lose the gains we have made over the past many years,” Yousafzai told the anchor. from “CBS Evening News”. and editor-in-chief Norah O’Donnell in an interview on Tuesday.

“It was the decision of the United States and other countries that led to the situation that the Afghan people are now witnessing,” she said. “So he has a huge responsibility.”

Yousafzai, who survived a shot in the head by the Taliban after advocating for girls’ education, said he heard Afghan friends say that the girls were now afraid to go to school, which they said. were allowed to do during the American occupation.

“They had dreams and they fear they won’t be able to sit in the classroom anymore. Women fear going to work. talk, how they behave, what they wear, how they are dressed and their rights are denied to them, ”she said.

The Taliban are afraid that women and girls will go to school, she said, because then they know that Islam grants them the same rights as men.

“Then these women can challenge them and they can tell them you can’t tell us that,” she said. “The Enlightenment is dangerous for the ideology of the Taliban or any other extremist group that exists.”

Yousafzai said she wanted Afghan girls to know that their voice can be powerful.

“They have to believe in their voice,” she said. “It’s about your future. It’s about your dignity. It’s about your human rights and your voice is essential right now.”

Some Afghan women took to the streets protest Taliban in recent weeks – a scene that would have been unlikely under Taliban repression in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Taliban violently ended demonstrations calling for equal rights.

Even though the Biden administration’s handling of the pullout has come under heavy criticism, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said the US military presence in the country was not a viable solution for peace.

“This is a lesson to be learned from the 20-year war on terror – that US troops, NATO troops had been there for 20 years and that the Taliban are still back in power,” he said. she declared. “It’s more of an ideological fight, and you can only fight indoctrination and extremist ideology through enlightening education.”