5 snapshots of girls' education in the Muslim world

2. Afghanistan

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    Afghan school girls walk near the entrance gate of the presidential palace after an attack by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 25.
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In Afghanistan, girls were not permitted to attend school under the Taliban regime, however under the fledgling democracy’s 2008 education law all citizens are ensured the right to education, according to a Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women report. However the Taliban still holds many rural areas under its thumb. Insurgents have forcibly closed several schools, driving some girls to sneak into underground schools for the chance of an education, the Washington Post reports.

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