Non-fungible token company Bookblocks.io has partnered with a New York-based organization to help Afghan women gain access to education amid the Taliban takeover.
Bookblocks.io announced that it will release a non-fungible token, or NFT, on October 5 with proceeds going to Women for Afghan Women, an organization that helps women access education and skills training in Afghanistan and in the USA. . The work, inspired by American author Louisa May Alcott, features half of a woman’s face covered with a single butterfly wing with the quote “Nothing is impossible for a determined woman”.
When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in the 1990s, they banned education for almost all women and girls. History practically repeated itself when the extremist Islamist group took control of the government following the withdrawal of the US military last month, so far advising men and boys to return to school. The country’s Deputy Education Minister Zabihullah Mujahidwhile cryptically stated that the Taliban plan to give women and girls access to education “as soon as possible.”
“This is a generation that has grown up with hope and dreaming of its future through educational opportunities,” said Naheed Samadi Bahram, National Director of Women for Afghan Women’s in the United States. “We are committed to serving Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees arriving in the United States”
According to Bookblocks.io, 100% of the money raised from the sale of NFTs will go to Women for Afghan Women, with a residual of 5% for each subsequent sale. The company plans to strike 2,200 copies of the NFT in recognition of the 2.2 million girls reported currently unable to attend school in Afghanistan. Price starts at 0.025 Ether (ETH), which is roughly $ 75.54 at time of publication.
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Afghan women, risking death, beatings and imprisonment, have continued to protest the Taliban’s stance that does not allow them to go to school, both through social media posts and face-to-face protests. Code to Inspire, a school aimed at educating Afghan girls on coding and robotics, continues online classes as the situation evolves.