Guest: Hassina Sherjan
Women in Afghanistan have made some important gains in recent years. Girls are being educated at higher rates and women are slowly making their way back into government positions. However, many problems remain: dismal literacy rates, threats from insurgents, and lack of access to higher education. Our guest, HASSINA SHERJAN, founder and CEO of Aid Afghanistan for Education, has played an important role in this process. An emigrant to the United States in 1978, Sherjan visited to Afghanistan in 1999 and witnessed the state of education for women in Kabul. She subsequently donated money for clandestine schools and founded a nonprofit to help educate young women and mothers. In this hour of Radio Times, we hear from her on the state of education in Afghanistan, the work she is doing to provide education to marginalized Afghans, and more.