Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia’s Ray of Hope News

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

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Afghan law restricting women's rights is reminiscent of Taliban era

UN Human Rights Chief: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the Afghan Government to rescind a new law, reportedly signed by President Karzai earlier this month, saying it would seriously undermine women's rights in Afghanistan and contravene the Afghanistan constitution as well as universal human rights standards.

The road to Zabuli

Duxbury Clipper: Children line their bench-style desks, patiently alert, chatting softly. A teacher reviews last minute lesson plans and writes a greeting on the spotless blackboard. At the schoolyard gate, visitors gather in the sun. They wait for honored guests, watch last-minute preparations and direct the occasional car to a parking spot out of the way. The mood is festive and happy. It’s the first day of school, a day to be celebrated with song and speech — so the barrels of the Kalashnikov rifles are pointed to the ground.

Giving Afghan girls a first: Opportunity

Boston Globe: From comfortable Duxbury to provincial Afghanistan comes a gift from the heart, and from the head: A girls' school is rising in a village outside Kabul where no girls have been educated in years. It's all thanks to the Duxbury Rotary Club, and a resourceful woman named Razia Jan of Marshfield. Jan is an Afghan who came to the United States for her own education in 1970 and never left. She became a US citizen, had a son — now a film and theater director in Los Angeles — and opened her own business, a dry cleaning and seamstress shop in Duxbury. She has also, over the past two years, been raising money to build the girls' school in a village outside Kabul. In August, she was in her native land to watch the first floor of the two-story school building go up. When it is complete this winter, the school will have eight classrooms. "We'll start from 4 or 5 years old but might get a 16-year-old who has never been in school," says Jan.