First women’s library opens in Kabul since Taliban takeover

Afghanistan: Afghan women activists open first women library ‘Zan Libarary’ in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 27, 2022. The Zan Library was created for girls and women banned from schooling, a woman rep said. Shamriz Sabawoon/Afghan Multimedia Agency

Laila Waseem, a rep for Zan Library stated, for girls and women who were banned to attend learning centers, especially for those teenage girls who are banned from schools, we create this library, and they can come and use its materials, we create this library to save education in women’s hearth and brain, especially for Afghan women.

If women gain more knowledge, it creates wide-awake families, so if we have more ware families, it creates a better society, if we have literate society, it ends the war, division, partiality, and this barbarism, Zakira Rasooli, women rights activist said.

Julia Farsi, women activist explained, reopen school gates for the girls, and let women return to their jobs like before, Afghanistan girls and women are the women of 20 years back, they have been educated now, they have learned knowledge, studied high, and they could not remove women from society.