Afghan youth, many of whom grew up in the 1990s under Taliban rule, are optimistic and determined for a bright future. Leading this charge are brave Afghan women fighting for the hard-won gains for Afgan women, children, and civil society.
Among this new generation of leaders is AUAF graduate, Zainab Azizi. “I‘m really proud that in Afghanistan, where conflict has been going on for more than 40 years, women are [today] really well-connected to each other, they are supporting each other, a big shoulder for each other’s improvement, and that will not stop,” says Ms. Azizi. “That’s what’s really making me hopeful, day by day.”
Ms. Azizi goes on to say, “What I know is there is a strong will of youths for a better Afghanistan, and they will do whatever they can to protect the values we have gained so far,” … “We are a generation that struggles to make a better situation.”
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Photo Credit: Scott Peterson/Getty Images/The Christian Science Monitor — Afghan Member of Parliament Shogofa Noorzai, seen here at her office on March 4, 2020, in Kabul Afghanistan, is anxious about what a US-Taliban withdrawal deal will mean for hard-won gains for Afghan women, children, and civil society.