Photo by Joël Van Houdt

Photo by Joël Van Houdt

AFGHAN WOMEN WRITE NEW NARRATIVES ABOUT THEMSELVES, WITH COURAGE

Throughout the world, Afghan women are often portrayed as victims by the media and other institutions, needing foreign rescue or summoning deep pity for their oppression. Women’s literacy rate is less than half that of men’s in the country, and it remains one of the worst places in the world for a girl to obtain an education. These are all barriers that, in addition to the recurring violence in the country, make it difficult for Afghan women to speak for themselves.

Now, female Afghan journalists are challenging some of the stereotypes imposed on them, through several new media projects, slowly creating spaces for women’s voices.

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