My parents could have stayed in Afghanistan instead of leaving it.They left the country because after the demise of the Russian's, it became almost impossible for girls to attend schools. My parents have 3 daughters, they have made a huge sacrifice of leaving their home land and their dear family just to get their girls educated and I am very thankful for that. Thanks to my perents and their support I quicly learned all the languages needed in our new home land and obtained a master's degree in law. Today I work for a small NGO that is advocating women's rights and is against forced marriages and marital captivity. I can say that my dream has come true. I am what I always wanted to become: an activist of women's rights.

It all would not have been made possible without my parents. Many girls in Afghanistan with lot's of potential are kept at home by their parents or discouraged by their parents to attend school. I believe that we need to make the older generation aware of the need of education. A poor country such as Afghanistan simply cannot afford to have their women paralysed by keeping them away of education!

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I share your passion for educating girls. It is the highest return investment we can make in ending the cycle of poverty. In peace and solidarity, Julie

To me, emancipation and education are two faces of the same coin. When we give our young ones access to worlds outside their own, to new theories and new stories, we widen their sense of self. We foster imagination and creativity and add skills and assets to their talent pool. We help them recognize how special they are, how truly blessed they are, how powerful they are. It is unfortunate that not all parents recognize education as a self-liberating tool. It is even more unfortunate that there are parents who DO recognize the power of this tool and still prevent their children from making full use of it. I am grateful that you have escaped and have blossomed in to this beautiful women's-rights activist. We need more people like you.

Warm Regards, Anna

Thank you for this story. I love how you recognize the depth of your parents' sacrifice and commitment to their daughters having opportunities for education--they made difficult choices and gave much for this to be possible. I feel certain that they know their sacrifice has been worthwhile when they see the strength and commitment of their daughter to extend these same opportunities to all the girls. This seems to me how we grow on this planet. Each generation has the chance to take the next step, to move us all forward in the journey of living fully the gift of who we truly are.

For me, your story evokes the question, how do you suppose your parents came to have the attitudes they do toward their daughters and toward education? Do you have some ideas about how other parents might be moved in this direction? I think you have raised a very important point--that parental attitudes are very important in educating girls.

Lorraine Cook

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Dear Lorraine, I believe that my partents realized that one cannot expect a country to be developed having half of its population (women) being paralized. One cannot expect women to visit a femle gyneacologist while education is discouraged and women are kept in seclusion.

I am planning to visit Kabul by the end of June. I will fully analyse the situation of education for women from my Western-Afghan persprective and write my findings in the journal.

All the best,

Sara