From secret school to Afghanistan's future

From secret school to Afghanistan's future

Sean Coughlan – BBC News – Wednesday, 26 March 2014 (originally posted 22 Mar) Running your own leadership college at the age of 24 would be pretty impressive by any standards. But Shabana Basij-Rasikh, who set up the women’s college in Kabul in Afghanistan, has been driven by her own daunting early experiences. The young […]

Afghan woman brings education to orphans

Afghan woman brings education to orphans

DE – DW – Monday, 14 October 2013 (originally published 10 Oct) Andeisha Farid grew up in refugee camps after her family fled Afghanistan in 1983. She returned to her home country because she felt compelled to share the opportunity she’d received: getting an education. On the day Andeisha Farid was born, a Soviet air […]

Protections For Women Under Threat In Afghanistan

Protections For Women Under Threat In Afghanistan

Abubakar Siddique and  Qadir Habib – Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty – Wednesday, 26 June 2013 (originally published 24 Jun) The book on the war in Afghanistan is not yet closed, but already there are attempts to erase one of the post-Taliban era’s most celebrated successes. The participation of women in Afghanistan’s political process, a right […]

Why U.S. can’t deliver women’s rights to Afghanistan

Why U.S. can’t deliver women’s rights to Afghanistan

Malou Innocent – CNN – Tuesday 2 March, 2013 Editor’s note: Malou Innocent is a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute and can be followed @malouinnocent. The views expressed are the writer’s own. During his recent unannounced visit to Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with prominent female entrepreneurs and the captain of the […]

Afghan women educated through cellphones

Afghan women educated through cellphones

AFP – Dawn – Friday, 23 November 2012 (originally published 14 Nov) KABUL: Afghanistan has launched a new literacy programme that enables Afghan women deprived of a basic education during decades of war to learn to read and write using a mobile phone. The phone is called Ustad Mobile (Mobile Teacher) and provides national curriculum […]

Afghan girls embrace school

Afghan girls embrace school

Melanie Stetson Freeman – Christian Science Monitor – Thursday, 06 September 2012 (originally published 03 Sept) Under Taliban rule, fewer than 50,000 girls attended school in Afghanistan. Today, 3.2 million attend. You see them all over town: girls wearing white head scarves over black clothes – their school uniform. It’s a welcome sign of progress. […]

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