This disconnect between Washington's much-advertised support for women's rights and its actual disdain for women was not lost upon canny Afghans. From early on, they recognized that the Americans were hypocrites at heart.
Some of the challenges Tamana faces are particular to working in less developed countries. When she went out to shoot her first documentary, the bulk of the filming was done in a village where most people did not know what a camera was.
Imagine what would happen if we unleashed the true potential of the average of 50 percent of the populations that are women. The economy would just take off. GDP growth would spike, and society would be more well-rounded.
Women are not represented in the STEM fields professionally -- regardless of their enrollment rates in such courses at the university level. This challenging trend applies not only to the Middle East and North Africa, but to other regions as well.