Suhaila Qadery, 24, had a lifelong dream of studying in a top university in the west and getting a high-quality education. But as a young woman in Afghanistan, it was never going to be easy.
Hadya started her business four years ago with AFN 20,000 (around USD 270). At first, she found it hard to make a profit, but she didn’t give up. “I was disappointed with the results at the beginning, but I forced myself to continue,” she says. “Now my monthly income has gone from zero to around AFN 200,000 [USD 2.5K].”
“Who would marry a short girl like her? Look at her legs. Why did you come, it’s better you stayed at home.” This is what Nazia, hears from people whenever she goes to a party or a gathering.
At a high-level meeting of the Sustainable Development Goals Executive Committee last week, chaired by Afghanistan’s Chief Executive, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, UNDP’s new Resident Representative, Abdallah Al Dardari announced a week of roundtable meetings with economics and development experts later this month.
Matiullah was two and a half years old, lying in her mother’s arms, when the rocket hit. Accompanied by a deafening blast, the ceiling collapsed on them in a shower of wood and earth. They could see nothing in the clouds of dust.
On the first day of Ramadan, an auspicious day, Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari started his new role as Resident Representative for United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan.
Khojasta Sameyee , Mary Akrami and Muqadasa Ahmadzai, three activists for peace in Afghanistan, have won the 2018 N-Peace awards, in three different categories.

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