Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Another story about women making their own lives themselves in the now free Afghanistan.

Once cloistered by the Taliban's rigid rule, Afghan women have emerged from the closed environments of their homes. They have gone back to school and work. Some have shed the cumbersome burqa that shielded their faces and bodies from public view.

In some schools, girls are trying furiously to make up for the five years of education they lost under the Taliban, says Sherine Jayawickrama, deputy director of CARE USA's Asia program. The Atlanta-based humanitarian agency, which sponsors development programs for women and girls in Afghanistan, has recently added training sessions for 1,200 female teachers.

"Things changed overnight for [women\]. Now they dream about contributing to their societies," Jayawickrama says.

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