The past three decades of war and chaos have had a devastating impact on Afghanistan and it’s people.
11 years after the defeat of the Taliban regime and the following war by the International Coalition Forces, Afghanistan’s situation remains dire and the state of women’s rights in particular is extremely poor…
Women have made progress. Since 2001, more than 2 million girls have started going to school.
More than 3,000 midwives have been educated in a country where having a baby is still one of the most dangerous things a woman can do.
Nearly a third of members of Parliament are women, work as lawyers, teachers, and entrepreneurs.
Yet there are frequent threats against and attacks on female politicians and social activists.
There still are bombings and attacks on girls’ schools.
Women and their children are jailed for so called “moral crimes”, such as running away from domestic violence.
With the planned withdrawal by the International Coalition Forces in 2014 and presidential elections in a very unstable, the situation will worsen for sure. In particular for women and children, who always are most vulnerable in fragile situations.
You can see this work in progress online now and see what I worked on while I was in the country last July.