Afghanistan is one of the most challenging places in the world to be a woman:
- Many women die in pregnancy and childbirth: 460 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
- 85% of women have no formal education and are illiterate.
- Female 3rd level students as a % of Total: 18.0%
- Total live births per woman – average of 6
- 1 out 10 children die before their fifth birthday.
- Life expectancy for women is 51.
The best kind of change is through education NOT invasionist war! If you truly want to help Afghanistan women, help them get to school.
For a girl living in Afghanistan, going to school can be dangerous. In early November 2008, two men on motorcycles sprayed acid into the faces of girls as they walked to school, causing serious injury. Once apprehended, the two Taliban members admitted that the attack was in protest of girls’ education.
In an effort to prevent further attacks, two reporters from the New York Times created the Safe Ride to School program. Pulitzer Prize winner, Dexter Filkins, and an Afghan colleague raised enough money to purchase a school bus and hire a driver. Since 2010, the Safe Ride to School program has provided safe passage to girls attending Mirwais Mena School in Afghanistan.
Now, five years later, the bus is breaking down. The loss of this program will force many girls to drop out of school. Thankfully, two buses are available for purchase. With funds raised from donors like you, the program can continue to provide safe passage to school for young Afghan girls. The time is now. These young women, so eager to better themselves, need our help.
“Let’s keep the girls at the Mirwais Mena School in class, where they belong.” – Dexter Filkins.