Fitting Literacy into Our Culture

reading girl

If we want equality and we want to eliminate violence and have a stable economy, we must improve the education of women.

Hassina introduction

Hassina was born in 1967 to an educated family in Herat. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Kabul University but when the civil war intensified, emigrated to Iran where she taught Afghan children. She received a Fulbright grant to study abroad, and she now runs a large network of NGOs and civil society organizations for women in western Afghanistan. She is married with two children.

Hila introduction

Hila was born in Nangarhar province in 1995 and started school in Jalalabad, but when the war started in 2001 her family fled to Pakistan for two years. She went to public high school in Kabul and she wants to become a diplomat.

Humira introduction

Humira is from the northern province of Kunduz, a Taliban stronghold during the war. Her family left for Pakistan during the war. She believes education will solve Afghanistan’s problems. She has been teaching children since she was in sixth grade and she would like to complete her higher education degree.

Gullafroz introduction

Gullafroz was born in Daikundi province and emigrated to Pakistan with her family at age three. Her family returned to Kandahar and she was deeply affected by the poor quality of education and oppression of women. She is now a college student in Kabul and hopes to complete her higher education soon.

Peace Shouts

british patrol

I know war, I see it every day
I see it in daylight and even in dreams
it’s a red color, it’s so cheap

Humaira introduction

Humaira is preparing for graduation this year and then she will go to university. She wants to write the truth about Afgan society’s treatment of girls. “I know that I may not be able to help those girls and women who faced violence but I can at least share their pain and voice with others.”

If I Meet God

many sheep

Everything in this world is beautiful
That was only what I heard in my childhood
When I got older I got to know the real world thinking
About the god who created me

Loya Jirga: A Waste of Time and Money?

karzai departing loya jirga

For such an important decision we should include new well educated politicians with fresh ideas. We should not be relying on the same group of warlords who contributed to the destruction of our country for many years.

A Mother’s Sacrifice

fish bones

While she was giving me her piece of bread, she would say: “Eat this bread. I am not feeling hungry.” That was the mother’s first lie.