Outrage as Afghan capital bans schoolgirls from singing in public

We do not stop and continue our protest #IAmMySong until we see an official decree issued by Ministry of Education to all educational departments of MoE revoking previous instruction banning girls singing over age of 12. troops remain in the country. Often children are brought to take part in such ceremonies without their parents’ consent, and there have been concerns raised over students being used for political reasons when they should be in classrooms learning. SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty

“My kids always attend signing ceremonies, but their school never asked for my permission,” Kabul resident Jamil told CBS News. He wants the Kabul Directorate of Education to unambiguously reverse its order with a new decree, and he urged people to continue with the online protests until that happens. That timetable looks unlikely given the Taliban’s continued attacks against civilians and Afghan forces, and the fact that about 2,500 U.S. A U.S. The convention, she said, “obliges government to not discriminate between children based on their gender, age, color [or] race.”

Campaigners, mostly female activists, flooded social media platforms with the hashtag #IAmMySong, and uploaded clips of themselves singing, and videos of their favorite songs in protest over the ban. “The solution is to make those spaces safe for children, to have anti-harassment policies, and to build awareness for children to protect themselves, rather than banning children from singing,” she said. Shaharzad Akbar, the chairperson of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, who joined the online #IAmMySong campaign, said she was all for preventing “political abuse of children,” but against any bans based on a “distinction of age or gender.” Karim, who runs the Charmaqhz organization, said she would support reforms to the current system and she urged the Ministry of Education to provide a safe environment for children to enjoy their basic rights and freedoms. The US continues to defend ANDSF in accordance w/ the US-TB agreement.— USFOR-A Spokesman Col Sonny Leggett (@USFOR_A) March 17, 2021

Under the Taliban regime ousted by the U.S.-led military operation in 2001, girls were not allowed to go to school, and nobody was permitted to sing. Afghan capital’s ban on schoolgirls singing in public sparks outrage and an investigation

By Ahmad Mukhtar

March 17, 2021 / 6:33 AM
/ CBS News

Afghan schoolgirls sing during a ceremony to mark the start of the new school year in Kabul, in a March 21, 2004 file photo. 

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Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education says it is investigating an order by the Kabul Directorate of Education banning schoolgirls over the age of 12 from singing in public.   The national Ministry of Education released a statement on Saturday saying it was investigating the Kabul authority’s order, which did not reflect the Ministry’s official position. Kabul’s education department issued the order last week to school boards across the capital instructing them not to allow girls over 12 to attend choir classes or sing at public events. Afghanistan: The Way Forward

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“The Ministry not only supports the participation of students in social activities such as choirs… The order has sparked outrage, including an online protest campaign by Afghan activists who have posted videos of themselves signing their favorite songs on social media. For Dr. It noted that “ceremonies with 100% female participants are an exception.”  Taliban denies attack on prominent women’s rights activist”This is a violation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Child signed by the Afghan government in 1994,” wrote Freshta Karim, an education activist and director of Charmaqhz, a non-profit organization that runs a mobile library for students in the Afghan capital. “Back to the action in full force.” Kids as political props?Most Afghan school children take part in choirs, and they’re often included in official ceremonies to welcome high-profile government officials and visiting dignitaries. Under an agreement signed last year by the Trump administration and the Taliban in Qatar, all U.S. Then-Afghan President Hamid Karzai (top, center) and former King Mohammed Zahir Shah watch as school children in traditional costumes sing during the opening ceremony of the Afghan grand assembly (Loya Jirga) in Kabul, in a December 2003 file photo. Back to action in full force pic.twitter.com/wO4UKr3S2G— Dr Ahmad Sarmast (@DSarmast) March 15, 2021

“We should not rest until the needed decree is issued” he said on Twitter. https://t.co/wGgW3HAkuF— Farahnaz Forotan (@FForotan) March 15, 2021

“We raise our voices in protest against the extremist and discriminatory order of the Ministry of Education,” journalist Farahnaz Forotan posted in a tweet, along with a recorded song. TB claims otherwise are false. Context of the Taliban talksThe ban came to light as the Afghan government and the Taliban continue negotiating to craft a peace deal to end the war that has raged for two decades — the most prolonged military conflict ever to embroil the United States.Two landmark conference are scheduled for the coming weeks, one in Moscow and one in Istanbul, at which the Biden administration is expected to push for a power-sharing arrangement between the Taliban and the Afghan government, with an interim president chosen to lead the new administration by May 1. Friends of #IAmMySong campaign, given the office procedures in Afghanistan, previous instructions of MoE banning girls singing remain valid until a new decree repealing them is issued. First published on March 17, 2021 / 6:33 AM That participation exposes the kids to security threats and harassment. We should not rest until d needed decree is issued. USFOR-A conducted airstrikes w/in the last 48 hrs targeting TB fighters actively attacking & maneuvering on ANDSF positions in Zharay, Spin Boldak & Kandahar Districts, Kandahar. Ahmad Sarmat, the founder of Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music and the initiator of the #IAmMySong campaign, the Ministry’s statement wasn’t enough. Those basic rights are now among the terms being negotiated as the government talks peace with the Taliban in Qatar, and many fear that Afghan women and girls in particular could lose some of the hard-won freedoms they’ve gained over the last 20 years.