Women in Afghanistan

                It’s illegal for boys and girls not to go to school in America, yet we take for granted this privilege. In many rural and remote areas of Afghanistan many young girls do not go to school. Resulting that many women in these areas are illiterate. As I read an article from the Catholic Relief Services, about how schools are being built in these areas of Afghanistan, I saw how women viewed themselves in their culture and by how they were raised they don’t see any other way to live.

  In the article by the Catholic Relief Services, they share a story of a young girl, Nisa, and her family. Nisa was nine years old when she wanted to go to school, yet her mother did not approve. Her mother, Bibi Gul, asked her, “Why are you going to school? Education is useless for a girl.” Then Nisa’s father convinced her mother that it was right for their daughter to go to school. This made me begin thinking about our stereotypes of women and men in Afghanistan.

                Us as women have this view that women are oppressed by men in different countries. Yet when reading this article it shows how in some cases it’s the women oppressing the young women. These women do not even realize that they are oppressing themselves, yet by the way that they were raised it has caused this.

                Nisa’s mother, Bibi was raised to believe that women do not need an education. Bibi believes that her role in their culture is to take care of the home and the children. By Bibi being raised in this way it has shaped her and her daughter. With change being brought into these areas of Afghanistan, it will hopefully change the way these women view themselves in their culture.

The Catholic Relief Services



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. astridmartin1116
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 17:50:21

    Wow! I keep forgetting how privledged I am to be able to have an eduction. Hearing how a nine year old girl is begging her mom to allow her to go to school makes me feel guilty for all the days I have complained about school work. Despite this, I am very happy to hear that it was the father who convinced the mother in allowing Nisa to attend school. There are so many instances where society gripes about how oppressing men can be toward females that we forget about the good men–the gentlemen.


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