Afghanistan
4.17.03


Although the women of Afghanistan are currently allowed to go to school, the country’s new government is not doing enough to help them with their education. The Afghan women are faced with poverty and other difficulties because the previous governing group, the Taliban, viewed them as ignorant and unable to think for themselves. Unlike women in North America, Afghan women have very few opportunities with an education. Without an education, they have little to no chance of success. As some say, when you educate a woman, you educate her whole family. This means that if a mother is educated, her children will be much more likely to learn to read and write.
As a result of the previous Taliban rule, most women and their children are illiterate. Under the Taliban, the voices and rights of the Afghan women were oppressed. One main thing, which was ignored, was the right of women to be educated. The women were taken out of school almost immediately after the Taliban came into power in 1996. While under Taliban rule, if any women were caught in school, they were punished very harshly, even small girls. Before the Taliban rule, the women who were high ranking teachers, doctors, and held many other occupations were removed from their positions immediately. However, the Taliban could not stop some determined women. These women defied the Taliban in many small ways, thus proving their independence. Some women chose to help other women by secretly teaching them in their own homes. Not only did these women choose to risk their lives, but the lives of their students were also in great danger. These students were often forced to hide their lessons in copies of the Koran (Logan, Harriet p 35). When the Taliban suspected women of going to school, they would often follow them to and from their teacher\'s home. When the Taliban confronted the students, the teachers were unable to do anything to prevent the harassment. If they did, both they and their students would be arrested and put in prison. These women proved their independence, sometimes in small ways, but to them, it was the only way that they could assert their independence.


The current generation of the country now has a distorted view on the value of education. Even though the Taliban is no longer in power, the Afghan people are still unaware of the value of education. In a country as poor as Afghanistan, education is a critical part of life. The future generations have been held back by the rule of the Taliban. The new generation must realize the importance of education and how it can help to improve their lives for the better. Although the Taliban are no longer in power, the people of Afghanistan are trapped in a life filled with poverty and little chance for change. Only with the education of both men and women can Afghanistan reduce its poverty rate.


As a result of their illiteracy, many women are unable to get a job and support their families. This contributes largely to the country’s poverty problems. Many families rely on their mothers for their financial support. Many boys have had to work to support their families, starting at a very young age. One reason for this is that finding a job if you are a woman is very difficult. Imagine how hard it would be to find a job if you are uneducated. Many women\'s husbands have died in previous wars such as the Afghan war. The financial responsibility of many Afghan families has recently fallen on the mothers and other women of the family. This confronts many women with the difficulty of finding a job and finding a way to care for their children. However many women are unable to get a job and support their families. This contributes largely to the country’s poverty problems. Many families rely on their mothers for their financial support. Many boys have had to work to support their families, starting at a very young age. Even if the women were able to find a job, how would they be able to care for their children during the day when they work? This situation is often a reality for many Afghan women. The question of how