Friday, November 01, 2013

Women in Afghanistan: Blog 8

Don’t Abandon The Women of Afghanistan

            Over the last several year the country of Afghanistan has improved its gender gap exponentially.  Now that the country is no longer under the Taliban the country has flourished and women are continually receiving new freedoms in. The number of females being educated has gone from 5,000 to 2.4 million, women are becoming police officers and achieving higher places of leadership like the country has never seen before. This example of positive growth is reflected in the country’s economic success. Amidst all this positivity and success there is a worry looming in the back of some minds. Because of women’s new freedoms this has also made them the target for terrorists groups and organized crime. Women have been shot and killed for no apparent reason besides their occupation. BBC reports that the numbers of women and children killed in the first 6 months of the new year of 2013, were the same and higher as previous years. We want to make sure that Afghanistan does not sink back again.
            So we see that just because freedoms are made available to women does not mean that the problem is alleviated completely. Cultural norms and activists groups are still organizing crime against these progressive women and fear is being provoked in women. Still we see the evidences of women being educated, less infant mortality, more children in school and overall a better international standing and economy. In order for Afghanistan to continue to progress in its area of equality it must make steps in that direction. This will be brought about through tireless pursuit of educating these Afghanistan women and girls. With the U.S. now moving out of Afghanistan, Afghanistan government and policy will have to remain very intentional in order for the gender gap to continue to decrease and violence done to these women punished.

Anna Jacobsen
November 1, 2013

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