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Afghanistan

Everything You Need to Know About Afghanistan's First All-Female Orchestra

"Afghanistan should move on the same path as every other nation goes," 54-year-old Ahmad Naser Sarmast, the founder of Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra, told Read More »

Female Cyclists Trailblaze Progress in Afghanistan

Afghani cycler Fatima Mahdawi often needs an escape from the violent environment around her — one that has worsened since the Taliban's recent resurgence. Read More »

Get to Know Paradise Sorouri, Afghanistan's First Female Rapper

Paradise Sorouri became Afghanistan's first female rapper after being forced to flee her country twice, receiving numerous death threats, and being left to die after being beaten up by 10 men on the street.   Read More »

How Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani Is Advancing Women's Rights

Afghanistan's former president, Hamid Karzai, never appeared in public with his wife during his 10 years in office. Read More »

These Afghan Women Are Turning Everything Green: From Local Crops to Local Economy

In the Shibar Valley of Afghanistan, the once dry, mountainous terrain is now growing with a variety of crops. Read More »

This Former Child Bride's Novel Is Becoming a Bestseller in Afghanistan

This former child bride wrote a book largely based on her harrowing journey and her novel is on its way to becoming a bestseller throughout Afghanistan. Read More »

Sesame Street's New Hijabi Muppet Will Empower Girls Around the World

She's 6 years old, has multi-colored hair, dons a hijab, sports a school uniform, and is the newest addition to Afghanistan's "Sesame Street." Her name actually means "shimmering" and the fact we're most excited about? She's a feminist. Read More »

These Girls Are Changing the World, One Skateboard at a Time

Afghanistan's first skateboarding school Skateistan is launching a new platform for young girls to create their own futures.  Read More »

Angelina Jolie Pitt to Produce Film Based On Afghan Girl's Life

Angelina Jolie continues to show off her producing and directing chops with her Read More »