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On the Road to Equality

Farzana is a 23-year old graphic design student at Kabul University. She is also an activist campaigning for women’s rights.  


Nilab’s Unwavering Spirit: Volunteering for Change

Imagine a situation where just going to school puts your life at risk. Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, this was the situation for Nilab Aria and many others. In second grade, she had to be…  


Awakening from a Nightmare

Parwana is a young woman living in Mazar-e Sharif of Balkh province. Unfortunately, she became one of millions of women around the world who experience domestic violence.  


Master’s Programme Opens A World of Possibilities

For Attifa Faizy, graduating from Afghanistan's first Master’s programme in Gender Equality and Women's Rights has opened up a world of possibilities.  


A Picture of Progress

Mina Naibkhil is a 21-year old Afghan woman studying art at Kabul University. Her paintings reflect her view of women’s life in Afghanistan, and draw on imagery of a world in which women are bold and…  


"Parwaaz" Painting Festival for International Women's Day

The United Nations in Afghanistan organized a painting competition in Kabul for artists from all over the country. About fifty-seven artists participated. This festival marked International Women's…  


Malalai: Learning to Save Lives

Malalai Noori, 19, lives in Paktia province in east Afghanistan, a conservative area where many families do not allow their girls to go to school.  


Pilawary Farm: Helping Women Grow out of Poverty

Gul Pari, a 37-year old mother of five, arrived in Kabul eight years ago.  


RUKHSHANA – How an Abused Young Afghan Woman Found Access to Justice

Rukshana (name changed) is a young woman who lives in Herat province, Afghanistan. When she was 12 years old, she was forced to marry a 50-year-old man. She was then forbidden to visit her parents,…  


RUKHSHANA – a Theater Performance Based on a True Story

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Afghanistan organized Rukshana, a theatre performance based on the true story of an Afghan woman who has suffered through violence and emerged as an…  

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