Gender Equality – Secret Home School for Girls, Afghanistan
Gender equality 2019. In 2000 I was smuggled into a house in Herat, Afghanistan. The Taliban had put strict laws in place banning education for girls - Jason Florio. Severe punishments were meted out on those who disobeyed them. Inside the house a group of girls sat in rows, each clutching a book as a volunteer teacher conducted the class. But despite the intense danger, the teacher and the girl’s parents knew the girls must have the opportunity for education, whatever the cost.
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Gender Equality – Secret Home School for Girls, Afghanistan. Image © Jason Florio

Gender Equality – Secret Home School for Girls, Afghanistan. Image © Jason Florio

Gender equality 2019 – At the beginning of the 21st century, our world still didn’t get rid of the different evaluation between the genders. Our campaign’s purpose is to draw attention to this important issue of humanity and bring about the importance of change, with the collaboration of the world’s photo artists. We dedicate this work to UNICEF – Gender Equality 2019

World’s Photo Artists For Gender Equality

“In August 2000 I was smuggled into a house in the suburbs of Herat, Afghanistan – the Taliban were in control of the city and had put strict laws in place banning education for girls – severe punishments were meted out on those who disobeyed them. Inside the house a group of girls sat in rows, each clutching a book as a volunteer teacher conducted the class. But despite the intense danger, the teacher and the girl’s parents knew the girls must have the opportunity for education, whatever the cost.

I often think of this moment –  if these parents and teachers could put their lives on the line to operate a secret home school for girls, then we all must find the courage to speak out whenever and wherever we find  Gender Equality under attack. The work along with other photographers will be exhibited in Budapest, Hungary in August in conjunction with UNICEF.”  Jason Florio 

Related: ‘An Afghan Diary – Talibanistan’

Hazara sisters in Kabul with an illegal poster. The Taliban outlawed images of living beings ©Jason Florio

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