Teaching Afghan Girls

Sakena Yacoobi risked her life when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. If she had been caught teaching girls while the Taliban was in power, she would have been executed. But she knew it was important for girls to be educated, so she began the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).

The simple, commonplace act (at least in democratic countries) of educating girls successfully reverses Islam's relentless encroachment because one very powerful way to weaken Jihadis is to establish full human rights for women. The fundamental principles of Islam are devastating to women's rights. Strengthening rights for women weakens the hold of Shari'a law.

Until the fall of Taliban in 2001, AIL operated underground, supporting home-schools for over 3000 girls, and it was the first organization to open Women’s Learning Centers which taught women to become economically independent. Since 2002, with the adoption of a new Afghan constitution, women have been allowed to return to work and some have been appointed to prominent positions in the government. AIL now serves 350,000 women and children annually and employs about 415 Afghans, over 70% of whom are women.

Read more: Sakena Lida Yacoobi.

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Citizen Warrior said...

The purpose of AIL is to help address the problem of poor access for women and children to education and health services, their subsequent inability to support their lives, and the impact of this lack of education and health on Afghan society. AIL is run by Afghan women.