Razia's Ray of Hope

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News about the foundation, girls' education, and women's rights in Afghanistan

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Student Profile: Zuhal

Zuhal Student ProfileZuhal is a 15-year-old high-school freshman at the Zabuli Education Center. She is the youngest of six siblings. Zuhal has beautiful big brown eyes, is always smiling, and very much wants to become a teacher. She loves music, but drawing is her passion.

When asked about girls’ place at home or in the world, without any hesitation Zuhal says, “Girls have a right to be treated equally at home and in society. I am so lucky to be part of a family in which everyone is educated. My father and brothers listen to my mother. My older sisters and I can also share our opinions.”

Zuhal hopes that one day Afghanistan will have a female president. She added, smiling, that while Islam grants women the same rights as men, it would “be the day” when Afghan women and girls are given equal rights. Razia Jan, like Zuhal, can’t wait to see that day.

How one Afghan school is empowering its pupils to stand up to abuse

Zabuli studentsDaily Mail: Rahila Rohullah, in ninth grade, fought with her family for six months when her father tried to beat and threaten her into marrying the father of a woman he wanted to marry himself. She resisted, finding at school the comfort that allowed her to hold out until her father finally gave up. "It's my own decision who I will marry, and I wont allow my parents to force me. It's every girl's right," she said. Mer Ruhullah, the village chief who sends four of his daughters to the school, said attitudes were starting to change and praised the school for changing the lives of girls in the village.