Transforming The Lives of Afghan Women One Individual At A Time
With each new problem she faced, she cried, “I can’t do it! I’m illiterate!” Shirin, a 35-year old Afghan woman, was desperate to move out of poverty. Like most Afghan women, she was never allowed to go to school as a girl. Her father would say, “Why waste your time in school when you will soon be a wife and mother?” Yet she was determined to break the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, dependency and helplessness which was already being passed on to her 6 children.
During Shirin’s time as a child, literacy rates were below 20% nationally (almost zero for women). Today, literacy for Afghanistan is 43% of the total population. Although there has been great improvement, there are still five boy’s schools for every one girl’s school.