Why women scholars?

In 2015, when the Rahela Trust was established, one million girls who were eligible to attend university were not able to do so, due to poverty or tradition.

Girls’ schools, female students, and teachers were all subject to attack by militants under the Taliban government. Almost two decades since that government ended, such attacks continue. In fact, they appear to be on the rise.

Around the country, girls’ schools are burnt down. Female students are attacked with acid and poison. On university campuses, female students are frequently harassed and some are physically attacked by male peers. University students have been killed in suicide bomb attacks.

Often witnesses to such behavior make no attempts to intervene or help the victims.

For this situation to change, people who support gender equality and girls’ education must hold positions of power and authority in Afghanistan.

Only through higher education can women attain the credentials they need to help rebuild the country, serve as role models for Afghan girls and boys, and prove to their compatriots that women can — and must — play an important role in the development of 21st century Afghanistan.