AFGHAN GIRL FIGHTS FOR GENDER EQUALITY

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Added On August 8, 2018

For years, women in Afghanistan have grown up in a deeply patriarchal society.
 
But a new generation of girls are beginning to challenge that idea, and fight for gender equality.
 
Lifestyles caught up with one. 
 
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Tahmina Payenda is a student girl from Kabul. In this year's university entry exam, she came top out of 158,000 students. 
 
Tahmina is pleased. But she also has her eye on a bigger achievement... gender equality.
 
SOUNDBITE: TAHMINA PAYENDA, Afghan Student  
"No doubt, achieving success for a woman in a patriarchal society is difficult but not impossible. I believe in gender equity and I am sure that the hard work of talented girls would ensure the goal one day in Afghanistan." 
 
Under the Taliban regime, girls over eight were banned from school.
 
Those who dared to get an education were humiliated, beaten, or worse. 
 
Things have softened today. But many still believe in the old traditions. And many young girls still miss out on education.
 
That makes successes like Tahmina's all the more valuable.
 
SOUNDBITE: HADIA, Payenda's Classmate
"Tahmina Payenda's success today, is the result of her hard work in the past. Besides congratulating her wish her more success in future and hope she can play a proactive role for ensuring gender equity in future."
 
Tahmina will now enroll at the Kabul medical academy this Autumn. 
 
It will be a bright future for her. And a bright future for more girls to follow.