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Two female medical interns and a doctor walk the corridors of Kabul National Military Hospital.

Afghanistan expands opportunities.

The Achievements of Afghan Women

April 2013, Number 04.02

“Prior to 2001, Afghan women only dreamed of serving in the parliament, running for president or representing their country in the Olympic Games. But since the Taliban’s ouster from power 11 years ago, some Afghan women are seeing their dreams come true. Dr. Massouda Jalal ran for president in the 2004 election, Fawzia Koofi is a candidate in the 2014 presidential campaign, and track star Tahmina Kohistani represented Afghanistan in London’s Summer Olympics in 2012. These women are all breaking new ground and pioneering new paths to capitalize on newfound opportunities for females in Afghanistan.

Epic as their achievements are, so is their uncertainty about the future. Women worry that the Taliban will re-emerge when the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leaves in 2014 and that the country will descend into barbarism. Some fear the future so much that a brain drain of educated women has begun, the Guardian reports, and more women are abandoning jobs and schools for the safety of home...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “The Achievements of Afghan Women,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 2, 2013: 44-47.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.