Afghanistan is a traditional country with an old history. Women have always played a very important role in society through decades, like Malalai Meyvandi during the Afghan-England war. However, they spent their darkest time during the Taliban regime. Since they started the new government a decade ago, women now take part in social activities, although there are many people arguing against women’s presence in society.
I cannot speak generally about all women in Afghanistan because, unfortunately, the positive changes are just happening in some big cities, and the remote areas and villages are still suffering from a lack of standard social facilities, and there is still violence against women there. I can talk about the education of women, especially in the recent years. A considerable amount of girls, especially in big cities, are involved in the educational system, such as schools and universities. But being a city girl does not mean having access to safe education.
Education always plays a critical role in developing countries, particularly in Afghanistan, and that is why right now, Roya Mahboob, with her New York based partner Film Annex, are building Internet classrooms in Afghanistan to open a new way of education and learning procedures in schools in Afghanistan, by using social media to connect 40 schools in Herat and 160,000 Afghan children to as many or more schools in Europe and the USA.