Shaaperai, 35, is unmarried and works at home.

Kabul— I have heard of human rights from television and by talking to people, but in Afghanistan our rights are not transparent. I don’t know how to get information about my rights and I don’t know what kinds of rights I have.

I expect that human rights were supposed to be given equally to the poor people, the same as the wealthy people. I expect the government to control the rights.

For example, my uncle and his wife had five children—four boys and one girl. My uncle died as a result of a serious illness. His wife was not able to take him to the hospital or to get medicine for him, and then she also died of the illness.

After that, the brother of my uncle took their land and all of the family’s property. He did not give a thought to the five children. No one helped the children when their parents died. The orphaned children try to work to care for themselves, but they are very poor.

My wish is for the government to give women their rights. This could provide opportunities to women. Our laws do not protect the women, and they do not punish the men. I want to fight and take my rights, but I need someone to guide me. We are not educated. Other countries support and guide women. We want our country to be like that.

By Shaaperai as told to Humaira

Photo: Canada in Afghanistan/Zakarya Gulistani