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The First Step to Success

Zuhal is only the second young woman in her family who is pursuing higher education and a career. Most women in her family have settled down to marry and raise children straight after school.  


Three Afghan Women Were Able to Win the N-Peace Award 2018

The annual N-Peace Awards shine a spotlight on extraordinary activists, campaigners, and advocates in Asia and the Pacific who are championing the role of women in peacebuilding efforts and working to…  


Breaking Boundaries as a Police Officer

“The day my family was celebrating my entry to the Faculty of Literature, I announced that I no longer wanted to study in that field,” says Gulafrooz Ebtekar, a police officer in Afghanistan.  


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.  

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