Girls' education ban won't last, Nobel laureate Malala tells Taliban
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"I think it was much easier for the Taliban (to enforce) a ban on girls' education back in 1996," Yousafzai, who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for all children's right to education, told the Doha Forum.
"It is much harder this time -- that is because women have seen what it means to be educated, what it means to be empowered. This time is going to be much harder for the Taliban to maintain the ban on girls' education.
"This ban will not last forever."
It quickly returned to power as US forces withdrew last year.
The United States cancelled planned talks in Doha with the Taliban after the schools were shut this week.
"They shouldn't be recognised if they didn't recognise the human rights of women and girls," she said.
Fawzia Koofi, former chairperson of Afghanistan's Women, Civil Society and Human Rights Commission, told the forum: "It's basically a genocide of a generation."