Aisha's noseless face should not be used as a symbol of Taliban resurgence. Instead, it is the face of modern day patriarchy, which continues to dominate social and cultural systems in most parts of the world.
Even before the earthquake, 85% of Haitians did not have electricity. Now the situation is even worse. For $10, you can empower a group of 10 people in Haiti for 10 years by providing a solar-powered light.
While the current U.S. and Afghanistan governments continue to work to defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the eight-year-old promise to help relieve the oppression of women and girls has largely gone unmet.
As the administration ponders the very real possibility of becoming the newest addition to the "graveyard of empires", there is one aspect of Afghan society everyone seems to have forgotten: the women.
In a country where little girls are attacked for going to school, Shahla Atta has a very good chance of inspiring hatred and a notion of revenge. That's a high price to pay for standing in an election you have no chance of winning.