Recent News and Insights from Afghanistan
Dare to Educate Afghan Girls | Shabana Basij-Rasikh
Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family’s decision to believe in their daughters — and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats.
Brookings Institution: Expanding and improving the quality of girls’ education in Afghanistan
Afghanistan has the highest level of gender disparity in primary education in the world, with only 71 girls in primary school for every 100 boys. Only 21 percent of girls complete primary education,largely due to cultural barriers, such as early marriage and a lack of female teachers. Further barriers are embodied in long and dangerous routes to schools and a lack of sanitation facilities and surrounding walls once there…read more
A New Day in Afghanistan
Mrs. Ghani stressed the start of a new day in Afghanistan. While keenly aware of Afghanistan’s ongoing challenges, she said too many news reports reaching the West focus on failures, rather than the many successes taking place inside a country that only 13 years ago began to emerge from years of occupation, war, and the harsh rule of the Taliban…read more
Learn More About Educating Girls in Afghanistan
The following resources provide more information and background related to Sahar’s work in Afghanistan.
The United Nations Reports
The following reports provide excellent insights into the overall living conditions in Afghanistan and Specific data related to women’s issues.
Early Marriage Reports & Resources
To learn more about the child and early marriage in Afghanistan and other areas of the world, we suggest these resources:
- Every 7 Seconds, a Girl Younger than 15 Gets Married, Washington Post Article
- USAID Child, Early, and Forced Marriage Resource Guide
- Ending Child Marriage by 2030: Tracking Progress and Identifying Gaps- 2016
- Theory of Change on Child Marriage
- Case Study for Theory of Change in terms of Providing Services – Family Guidance Centers and Women’s Shelter
- Measuring Progress: Recommended Indicators for Girls Not Brides members working to Address Child Marriage – 2015
- The United States State Department Report: Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls
Ministry of Education in Afghanistan
Sahar works closely with the Afghan Ministry of Education to build capacity for girls education. Learn more about the work of the MoE on their website and in this UNESCO report.