Bookblocks.io, a non-counterfeitable token company, has partnered with a New York-based organization to help Afghan women gain access to education in the event of a Taliban takeover.
Bookblocks.io has announced that it will issue a non-counterfeitable token, or NFT, on October 5, with proceeds going to the Afghan Women’s Organization, which helps women in Afghanistan and the United States gain access to education and vocational training. The artwork, inspired by American author Louisa May Alcott, features a woman’s half face covered by the wings of a butterfly and reads “Nothing is impossible for a determined woman.”
When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in the 1990s, they banned the education of almost all women and girls. History has effectively repeated itself, with the extremist Islamist group seizing control of the government after the withdrawal of U.S. troops last month, and so far only men and boys have been advised to return to school. The country’s deputy education minister, Zabihullah Mujahid, meanwhile said implicitly that the Taliban planned to get women and girls educated “as soon as possible”.
“This is a promising generation who dream of their future through educational opportunities,” said Nahid Samadi Bahram, the U.S. country director of the Afghan Women’s Organization.” We are committed to serving Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees arriving in the United States.”
According to Bookblocks.io, 100 percent of the money raised from the sale of NFTs will go to Women of Afghanistan, with 5 percent remaining from each subsequent sale. The company plans to mint 2,200 NFTs in recognition of the 2.2 million girls who are said to be currently unable to attend school in Afghanistan. The price starts at 0.025 Ether (ETH) and is approximately $75.54 at press time.
Afghan women risk death, beatings and imprisonment as they continue to protest the Taliban’s stance of not allowing them to attend school through social media messages and personal demonstrations.Code to Inspire, a school aimed at educating Afghan girls about coding and robotics, is continuing to run online courses as the situation develops.