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Taliban Arrests Leader of Campaign to Educate Afghan Women and Girls

HeadlineMar 28, 2023

In Afghanistan, the Taliban has arrested a prominent education advocate who publicly criticized the Taliban’s restrictions on girls going to school. Matiullah Wesa is the founder of Pen Path, a group that traveled across Afghanistan campaigning to bring education to rural areas. In his last post on social media, Wesa shared a video showing Pen Path women volunteers protesting for the right to education. He wrote, “Men, women, elderly, young, everyone from every corner of the country are asking for the Islamic rights to education for their daughters.”

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