Bibi Gol emerged from the two-day workshop in Baghdis, northwestern Afghanistan, a changed woman. “Before, I did not know about women’s right to education or my right to participate in elections,” she explained, describing the subjects discussed at the workshop on women’s rights in Islam.
When municipal officials from across northern Afghanistan gathered in Mazar-e-Sharif to discuss their work, it was more than just another talking shop.
Sayed Sakandar’s 70 apricot trees offer more than the promise of an abundant harvest. They symbolize the slow but steady success of attempts to persuade Afghan farmers that there are viable alternatives to opium poppies.
Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, may seem an unlikely time of year to undertake major public works in Afghanistan. Many Afghans go from dawn to dusk without any food or drink, or so much as a sip of water. But in Arab Kheil village in Maydan Wardak province, 30 men from four villages gather day after day for a crucial repair job.
When more than a hundred men and women gathered in Pul-e-Alam, provincial capital of Logar in eastern Afghanistan, it was more than just another meeting. It was a crucial attempt to bring government closer to communities in insurgency-affected areas.
Last updated: January 20, 2015