Matiullah Wesa Wiki – Matiullah Wesa Biography
Matiullah Wesa, leader of Pen Path, beaten and arrested outside a mosque after prayers. The founder of a project that campaigned for girls’ education in Afghanistan was detained by Taliban authorities in Kabul, his brother and the UN said. The Taliban government last year banned girls from attending secondary school, making Afghanistan the only country in the world where education is prohibited.
“Matiullah Wesa, director of Pen Path and advocate for girls’ education, was arrested in Kabul on Monday,” the UN mission in Afghanistan tweeted on Tuesday. Wesa’s brother confirmed her arrest and said he was detained outside a mosque after prayers on Monday night. . “Matiullah had finished his prayers and left the mosque when men in two vehicles stopped him,” Samiullah Wesa told AFP. “When Matiullah asked for his identity papers, they beat him and took him away by force.”
Matiullah Wesa Age
Matiullah Wesa is 30 years old.
Founder of Afghan girl’s school project arrested by Taliban
Pen Path, the organization Matiullah founded, which campaigns for schools and distributes books in rural areas, has long been dedicated to communicating the importance of girls’ education to village elders. Since the ban on secondary schools for girls, Wesa has continued to visit remote areas to garner support from the local population.
“We are counting hours, minutes and seconds for the opening of girls’ schools. The damage caused by school closures is irreversible and undeniable,” she tweeted last week as the new school year began in Afghanistan. “We held meetings with the locals and we will continue our protest if the schools remain closed.” The Taliban have imposed an austere interpretation of Islam since they returned to power in August 2021 after the withdrawal of US and NATO forces backing previous governments.
Attitudes towards girls’ education have been slowly changing
Taliban leaders, who have also banned women from attending university, have repeatedly claimed they will reopen girls’ schools once certain conditions are met. They say they lack the funds and time to reshape the curriculum along Islamic lines. The Taliban authorities gave similar guarantees during their first term in power, from 1996 to 2001, but the girls’ schools never opened for five years. The order against girls’ education is believed to have been issued by Afghanistan’s Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada and his ultra-conservative aides, who are deeply skeptical of modern education, especially for women.
As well as causing international outrage, it has sparked criticism within the movement, with some senior Kabul government officials and many grassroots members opposing the decision. In deeply conservative and patriarchal Afghanistan, attitudes towards girls’ education have been slowly changing in rural areas, where the benefits are being recognised.