Weekly Insights and Analysis

Keep Educating Afghanistan’s Girls

June 6, 2012

Afghan women and girls have fought hard to achieve advances in education, political participation, and economic independence. Now, a decade after Taliban rule kept girls home, nearly 3 million girls attend school, compared to just 5,000 in 2001, and women currently represent 35 percent of the country’s workforce and are playing a greater role in politics. But, as the country’s security transitions to Afghan forces, and the international community reexamines its role, concerns mount that one of the most celebrated achievements – girls’ access to education – is at risk. This slideshow offers a glimpse into some of these achievements – and challenges – that lie ahead.

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Related locations: Afghanistan
Related programs: Conflict and Fragile Conditions, Empower Women
Related topics: Education


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