In a world that seeks to suppress women, Malala refuses to back down and now she is working hard to make sure no woman has to cut her wings to survive. The Nobel laureate and activist joined a march to fight for the freedom of Afghan women.
On Sunday, she shared photos from the march and wrote, “We must stand against the Taliban’s oppression — and against any government or leader who refuses to step up and confront gender persecution while women and girls fight alone. Today I joined Action for Afghanistan in London to march for Afghan women and girls — and to call on the UK and other powerful countries to do more to help them.”
According to The Guardian, thousands of people were expected to take to London’s streets on Sunday calling on the UK government to create a safe asylum route for Afghan women and girls at risk.
The key asks of the march organised by campaign group Action for Afghanistan are listed on their website. They include a global summit for Afghan women, UK negotiations with the Taliban centring the fundamental human rights of Afghan women and asylum and resettlement route for Afghan women at risk.
The march for freedom for Afghan women and girls in London followed members of Parliament (MPs) appealing to foreign secretary, James Cleverly, for a renewed focus on women and girls at risk after Britain’s 20-year campaign in the country.
“The Afghan relocations and assistance policy scheme simply isn’t working, and there isn’t a dedicated route for women and girls,” said the Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain. “That programme has been lost in the narrative around Ukraine, but also lost in the narrative around small boats.
“We have gotten to the stage where the Afghanistan situation is in the too-difficult basket and those who worked with and supported the UK and other troops over the last two decades have been left behind.”