Afghan Women's Rights

Women Education in Afghanistan

“Throughout Afghanistan, women are raising awareness on the importance of education by employing a number of strategies. One initiative trying to change the status quo is the rise in the number of prominent female political figures in Afghanistan. One of the most important female figures to date is Dr. Habiba Sarabi, who in 2005 was appointed governor of rural Bamyam Province, becoming the first woman in Afghanistan’s history to hold such a position.

During her seven years in power, Dr. Sarabi has used her public position to encourage the local community to embrace female education. She has also worked to change the long-held beliefs about the abilities of women. As a consequence, her province boasts the highest percentage of females in education. 45% of the regions 125,000 students are girls.

While individuals in the province initially opposed the appointment of a female governor, it is almost certainly because of her gender that the education rates for females are the highest in the nation. Furthermore, the appointment in 2005 of Fawzia Koofi as Afghanistan’s deputy speaker in the Afghan parliament ensured that there were an increasing number of political elites in Afghanistan committed to raising national awareness on the benefits of increased female education.

Altering the composition of the parliament will help ensure the traditional-minded war-lords that held political power during Taliban rule will be replaced by educated politicians who are more inclined to change the women’s status quo.”

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