The story of Afghan women and their struggle for equality and empowerment continues. Despite recent historic gains, much of the world still thinks of Afghanistan as one of the worst places to be female. But the resilience and determination of Afghan women to rise up and the unprecedented support for women’s empowerment by the country’s new leadership should not be underestimated.
Unfortunately, the Western world tends to see Afghan women through the lens of the mutilated, the abused, or the murdered. Too often, such one-sided media coverage denies a voice and an identity to the greater numbers of Afghan women who are succeeding and the millions who are working to bring positive change.