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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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Empowering Women through Education

Empowering Women through Education

Recipe for Success

(p.309) Chapter 20 Empowering Women through Education
Land of the Unconquerable

Sakena Yacoobi

University of California Press

This chapter explains the struggle of Afghan women to meet the demands of education. The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) initially provided education and health services to Afghan refugee women and children in camps in Pakistan. It has helped to empower Afghan women and reestablish core ethics and values in Afghan society, while working to change the ideas of men about the role of women in the civil society. The ten concepts applied successfully in Afghanistan are reported. AIL now routinely offers leadership and human rights workshops to rural and urban women. The women's communities and families are supporting the programs of AIL, and Afghans are rediscovering the value of working together to implement the visionary, multifaceted programs supported by AIL. Education is important for Afghan women and girls. In order to be truly empowered, women must be able to make choices about the type of education they receive.

Keywords:   education, Afghan women, AIL, civil society, Afghanistan, leadership, human rights

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