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Seraj ul-Haq Fazl: "Educated Afghans will prevent a repetition of the past"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seraj ul-Haq Fazl is a judicial adviser to Afghanistan's Interior Ministry. He studied at the Islamic Azad University in Iran and obtained a BA from t...

WISER: The Girl Effect in Action

Sofia Stafford | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Sofia Stafford

Meet Mercy. She is a spunky, determined 17-year-old with a twinkle in her eye. Mercy has many passions, goals and hopes for her future, just like most girls her age. She is an aspiring engineer and change maker in her community of Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

Sayed Ishaq Gailani: 'Our Only Demand Is Attention to Education'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I worry about the outcome of the 2014 elections. I fear that we might witness a completely flawed election, wracked with rigging and fraud."

Sarvar Hosseini: 'Renovating the Education System Is a Great Achievement'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"One of the demands is social and political participation by women. Women want to actively and effectively participate in all fields and deem it as their right to do so. Women also seek their civil rights, for example, the right to choose their spouse, the right to education and the right to property."

Fakhera Mousavi: 'The Afghan Woman Rests in the Coma of her Predecessors'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Educated women demand justice and equality at all levels of society. They demand a justice-based approach to the basic laws in force in Afghanistan. Above all, the new generation of women demand gender justice and the eradication of discrimination at all levels of society."

Mohammad Afsar Rahbin: 'Drugs Threaten the Entire Nation-building Process'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters are studying medicine and they wish to write poetry. My wish is that they achieve what they aspire for and will be able to treat the sick people in our country."

Nilab Mobarez: 'Women Are Often Deprived of Their Rights Because the Men in Their Family Do Not Feel Secure'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Rather than trying to establish security, the men restrict women. The insecurity they feel might not even be real, but it creates some kind of psychological insecurity in women nonetheless."

¡PODER!: A Storytelling Revolution

Lisa Russell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Lisa Russell

Stories are powerful. We define ourselves by the stories we tell. When they are positive, they can empower us. When they are desolate, they can make us feel insecure or question ourselves.

For Many Girls, The Key To Education Is Sanitary Napkins

Maureen Shaw | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Maureen Shaw

While we're trying to perfect the art of fishing a tampon out of a backpack unnoticed, there are millions of girls around the world who don't have access to pads. And that's not even the worst of it: Because of a lack of sanitation and resources, many girls miss large swaths of school or drop out altogether once they start menstruating.

The Power Of Story

Denise Dunning | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Stories are powerful. Storytelling and film mobilize communities to transform gender norms, fight discrimination and promote equality -- breaking down barriers that damage both girls and boys.

Mir Ahmad Jouyanda: 'They Shaved His Head Because He Danced and Was Happy at His Own Wedding'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that the international community may leave us. We saw what happened when the Russians left. Whenever the international community leaves us, women's rights, the freedom of the media, and human rights are endangered."

Tourialay Ghiassi: 'In Afghanistan, the Fear That Transitional Democracy Might Fall to Dictatorship Prevails'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There is a pervasive societal ethic, culture, and attitude that rejects the presence of women who work and are active in civil society."

Kazemiya Mohaqeq: 'We Cannot Even Begin to List Our Demands If We Do Not Shake Off the Straitjacket of Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The women's movement needs to evolve beyond its current membership of elite women. It must extend to all pockets of society; we need to establish some kind of unity among women."

Nader Nadery: "These Freedoms Are the Most Precious Gifts to the People of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The civil and political freedoms we currently enjoy are without precedent in Afghanistan. These freedoms are the most precious gifts to the people of Afghanistan in the past 12 years and so far, we have managed to hold onto them."

Somaya Ramesh: 'Things Will Get Worse If the Government Sacrifices Human Rights for Political Interests'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I visited a friend of mine a few days ago and noticed that she was quite tired and depressed. I asked her what was wrong. She told me that her family will not allow her to continue studying. These situations arise too frequently for women in Afghanistan."

Daoud Naji: 'Afghanistan Is Plagued With Repeated Cultural Rupture'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The high rates of illiteracy amongst women have devastating impacts for women's participation. A large proportion of Afghan women are illiterate because of the historical oppression they have endured. The traditional mentality is another barrier to their participation."

#WomenInspire –- And Build A Better Future

Conrad Person | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Conrad Person

Many people know Mrs. Deloris Jordan as the mother of world famous basketball player Michael Jordan. But she is also an accomplished author, philanthropist and, to my mind, a visionary.

Sediqa Balkhi: 'He Said I Would Die If I Went to School Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are a number of challenges, including a weak and dependent economy created because the promises of the international community have not been upheld, the lack of proper state planning to build infrastructure and the large-scale population exodus to other countries."

Hussain Fakhri: 'The Acts We See as 'Violations,' They See as Exercising Their Rights'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are major problems concerning the government, both regarding leadership and its administrative structure. The government is facing massive obstacles. One look at the justice and judicial system is enough to reveal the extent of the catastrophe."

Fawzia Koofi: 'I Am Afraid to See the World and Its Progress From Behind a Chador Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"As women, we ourselves have accepted that men must always be present at high levels of decision-making and decide for us. Traditionally, we have lived in families where the father has had the final say. We have lived in a society where a man has always spoken the final word."

Malek Setiz: 'We Must Move With the Times'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Structural violence has deprived women of opportunities to flourish and participate in society. By this, I mean that violence is intertwined with the structure of the system and the society. It originates from above and is imposed on women."

Malika Suraya Afghanyar: 'We Want to Work, to Think, to Walk, to Be Present, to Speak'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The biggest challenge is moral corruption. Nearly 90 percent of the people have moral problems."

Awtar Singh Khalsa: 'They Gave the Hindus and Sikhs a place for rubbish disposal as a Place to Live'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Basically, I believe that humanity is important, not religion. If humanity is the base, then religion will prosper by itself."

To Hengama Anwari: '10 Years Is Only a Drop in the Ocean That Is the Process of Changing a Society'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"In order to have a healthy and discrimination-free society, we must first prepare the ground for both women and men to grow and be empowered, and to work collaboratively with each other for societal development. Doing this requires a significant shift and reorientation in prevailing ways of thinking, and the breaking up of traditions."

Mujib Mehrdad: 'My Sisters Are No Different to My Brothers'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I should differentiate between the private and public spheres. Generally speaking, we Afghans award our wives, sisters, and mothers some kind of relative freedom in our private sphere. However, as soon as they leave the house, they lose all their freedoms and come under scrutiny and control."