Women’s Rights in Afghanistan By Alyssa and Mia
<ul><li>Chances are you can’t read or write, you married before you were eighteen years old and you had six kids, and you may be working, but you’re getting paid half of what your male counterparts make… </li></ul>What does it mean to be a woman in Afghanistan?
Still a long road to equality in Afghanistan… <ul><li>Women can run for office in Afghanistan, but there have been calls and complaints from the people who disagree. Women could vote starting 2009. </li></ul>
Six million children in Afghanistan are in school… But only one third of them are girls. Some girls get to go to school while others have to stay at home and help around the house. Girls are not required to go to school.
There are lots of attacks on teachers, students and schools all across Afghanistan, with girls schools being particularly hit. Hundreds of Afghan women have committed suicide due to the tense pressures. <ul><li>The security situation is critical in Afghanistan. Women and girls have been affected by this insecurity. </li></ul>
<ul><li>A 35 year old woman tried to burn herself to death to escape her marriage with her abusive husband… </li></ul><ul><li>Years later… </li></ul><ul><li>Women could divorce, but not without their husbands agreement. Men can divorce without their wife’s permission. </li></ul>
When the entire nation is living under the shadow of guns and war, how can women enjoy their basic freedom?
<ul><li>Everyone in the school can write a letter to our representatives in government such as Barack Obama, Scott Brown, John Kerry and William Keeting. To improve women’s rights our government needs to stop supporting Afghan fundamentalists. The letters will also include information about the daily struggles Afghan women have to go through. Our government needs to support Afghanistan with rewards to help women. </li></ul>