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FAQ: Women & Children

How has life improved for women in Afghanistan?

With the fall of the Taliban, women have been able to reenter schools and universities. In fact, girls composed a third of the nearly six million children who returned to school. Alongside education, Afghan women are also presented with greater access to healthcare. Male physicians are now allowed to examine and treat female patients, a practice that was banned under the Taliban regime.

What is the Government of Afghanistan’s plan for empowering women and protecting women’s rights?

The Afghan government believes that investing in education is also investing in women’s empowerment. It is through education that women become aware of their constitutional rights and gain the necessary skills to compete for jobs, leading them from dependency to equality. However, social change is not a sudden act, but a meticulous, generation-long process. We have the legislative foundation in place, we have women who are active in public and political life, but laws and decrees will be ineffective if they are not combined with enlightened education.

In what ways can women now contribute to Afghan society?

Women can serve as teachers and faculty members at universities. They are also active in the political sphere, helping direct policy-making decisions and participating in the national elections. A quarter of Afghanistan’s parliamentarians are women. Many Afghan women are being trained and working as midwives to decrease the amount of childbirth related deaths in Afghanistan. Furthermore, Afghan women are also successful entrepreneurs, journalists and police officers. The role of Afghan women in public life has greatly expanded since the fall of the Taliban, allowing them to undertake duties that help advance Afghanistan as a nation.

How has life improved for children in Afghanistan?

5.6 million boys and girls in Afghanistan now have access to education. Children in Afghanistan also have better access to healthcare and are provided with vaccinations as a preventative measure against illness. Many NGOs in Afghanistan have established programs to help nourish and educate Afghan children, giving them not only a better chance for survival but improving the quality of their lives.

What do Afghan children enjoy as pastimes?

Afghan children like to keep active. Kite flying is a popular activity in which many Afghan children partake. Kites are often customized and entered in competitions. Afghan children also play a variety of games and sports, such as soccer.



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