Women Life after the Taliban

In the Taliban regime women were considered as the most suppressed sect of the nation. They were not allowed to take education and girls used to get married in very young age. The primary and only responsibility of women is to look after her family and house and they were not allowed to go in public more often.

In a country where a man to women ratio is 01:01, it is quite important that these gender superiorities should be dealt with extra care so that the country can grow.

After the fall of Taliban, we had witnessed a significant improvement in the life style of Afghan women. In 2001 the number of girls who were attending a formal school was zero but as per World Bank by 2012, there were 2.9 million girls who were attending school. This is an enormous and a most appreciated achievement of the Afghan government.

Another initiative the government took for promoting women education in the region is they conducted a pilot project with the collaborated of Asia Foundation under which female high school graduates had been prepared by a four month refresher course for college entrance examination.

Women position after the fall of Taliban started to improve. Under Taliban regime women and girls were banded to attend school or work. As per World Bank recent figures more than 40% of the Afghan girls are now attending schools, although majority of these girls are unable to complete their secondary education as 52% of these women are get married at the age of 20.

Women are now also entering the business world where they are trying to pursue their career. As per government stats, more than 25% of the parliamentarians and government employees are now women. In 2009 the Central Statistic Organisation (CSO) conducted a survey after which it was found that in government sector women are being employed at much faster rate than men. If this growth rate remained consistent then by the end of 2020 the ratio of female employee in government sector will be more than 40%.

Women are also pursuing their career in police and army. With the support of British officers, a military training academy has been established which has the capacity to train 100 female army officers per year. The lady who has been crowned as the first women graduated from the Kandahar Police Academy and the first women to become an investigator is Lieutenant Colonel Malalai Kakar. After her success, she became a role model for many Afghan women and inspired lot a women to join Afghanistan Police Forces.

Now Afghanistan is also giving the world some vibrant female athletes like Hanifa Yousoufi; she was the first female Afghan mountaineer who climbed the top of Mount Noshaq, the tallest peak in Afghanistan and has height of 24,580 feet. After her, lots of female athletes have taken part in such an adventure expeditions.

Now Afghan women are also taking part in various sports; the first Afghan womens football team was established in 2007 while the first women cricket team was established in 2010. Afghanistan also has a women basketball team which represents Afghanistan at various platforms.


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