Dubai billionaire Khalaf al Habtoor has offered to host 100 Afghan women to pursue their studies in Afghanistan.
Al Habtoor is the founder of the well-diversified conglomerate Al Habtoor Group. The statement comes after the Taliban-led Afghan government imposed a ban on the university education of Afghan females and girls. The ban has been placed under further notice drawing ire and criticism from across the world.
Khalaf Al Habtoor took to social media to express his concern about the ban on female education in Afghanistan. In his statement he said, he is ready to work with the relevant authorities to host 100 Afghan women and support them in completing their university education. His Twitter statement read, “Depriving Afghan female students of university education is unfortunate. Therefore, far from any political stance. I am ready, in cooperation with the relevant official authorities, to host 100 female students and allow them to complete their studies in Dubai universities.”
حرمان الطالبات الافغانيات من التعليم الجامعي أمرٌ مؤسف ومُحزن،لذلك وبعيداً عن أي مواقف سياسية.فأنا على استعداد وبالتعاون مع الجهات الرسمية المختصة لاستضافة 100 طالبةومنحهن فرصة استكمال دراستهن في جامعات دبي.سنتحمل كافة التكاليف مهما كلف الأمر،فالعلمُ هو الحياة،والحياة حق للجميع pic.twitter.com/b88Ngrva09
— Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor (@KhalafAlHabtoor) December 22, 2022
Khalaf Al Habtoor is a global philanthropist who has worked across the globe helping people regardless of their race, religion, and color.
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Afghan women have expressed despair and anguish at being stopped from attending university. There has been global rage regarding the decision across the world. A video of male students walking out of a classroom in protest against the ban made rounds on social media.
Taliban minister has defended the ban on the university education of Afghan women. “We told girls to have proper hijab but they didn’t and they wore dresses like they are going to a wedding ceremony,” he said. “Girls were studying agriculture and engineering, but this didn’t match Afghan culture. Girls should learn, but not in areas that go against Islam and Afghan honor,” said the Afghan minister in an interview with AP news agency.