Reactions of marginalized girls to the renaming of a crossroad as Iqra in Herat
Reactions of marginalized girls to the renaming of a crossroad as Iqra in Herat
Following the change of the crossroad named "Ma'arif" to "Iqra" in Herat, there have been numerous reactions from the residents of Herat, especially female students and scholars

Following the change of the crossroad named “Ma’arif” to “Iqra” in Herat, there have been numerous reactions from the residents of Herat, especially female students and scholars. They believe that alongside the prohibition of girls from the right to education, naming the crossroad “Iqra” is symbolic and a hypocritical gesture. The term Iqra means to read.

Samira Bakhshi, a female student in Herat who remains deprived of continuing her studies due to the closure of university gates by the Taliban, opines that renaming the crossroad from “Ma’arif” to “Iqra” could have reflected the value of reading only if girls had the right to education like boys.

“Iqra means ‘read’, and reading is an opportunity for both girls and boys. Yet, as girls approach the third year of the Taliban rule, they are deprived of their right to education. It makes no sense to symbolically name a crossroad ‘Iqra’ while girls are deprived of their right to education,” articulated Samira Bakhshi.

Moreover, Mursal Islami, another girl deprived of education in Herat, asserts that instead of symbolic actions, fundamental steps need to be taken to advance science and knowledge. She believes that naming the crossroad “Iqra” does not lessen the pain of girls deprived of education.

She states, “‘Iqra’ pertains to all humans and does not differentiate between girls and boys. Just as naming a crossroad ‘Iqra’ means ‘read’, They should also open the gates of schools and universities to girls.”

Alongside female students and scholars, a considerable number of social media users have criticized this matter, stating that if girls in Afghanistan do not have the right to education, naming a crossroad “Iqra” is purely a symbolic gesture.

Recently, in Herat Province, the crossroad previously known as Ma’arif was renamed as Iqra. This change comes amidst 985 days since female students have not been attending school, and university gates have been closed to female scholars.

  • نویسنده : Afghanistan Women News Agency
  • منبع خبر : Afghanistan Women News Agency