I am a 21 year-old Afghan girl. I am getting my Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in management. I was born into an average family. When I was at school, I wished to get my bachelor’s at a top business school in the U.S. I always wanted to be a professional, competing with people of my own age. I didn’t like the school education system but the only thing that encouraged me to go to school was being with my friends. School was very far from our house. On the way to school, we heard stories, like one that a school girl was killed or that another was kidnapped. Such news made me worried and unhappy about my gender. I asked myself “Why I was born a girl?”
Finally, I graduated from school with lots of dreams that have yet to come true. I started my studies at American University of Afghanistan. Now I am working and I am very happy because I can support my family. There have been many obstacles on my way to get where I am now. I ignored the negative beliefs of people around me. I never changed my dreams and goals because of people’s thoughts. I became stronger when I realized that I was different and that I like this difference.
I am working at an NGO with very strong women who want to be leaders in their lives. I’m happy I am helping them and giving them this energy. I know that there still are women who are very strong and leading groups of people. It is not easy to be a strong woman leader in a traditional country like Afghanistan but it is not impossible. There are women in very far rural areas that have to stay at home. They are suffering in an environment in which women’s rights are never discussed. Still many women have their decisions made for them by other people and their own thoughts are dead. There are women in the 21st century who can’t read and write. It is all because they were not encouraged or even allowed to get an education. Some women have ignored their critics and tried to achieve their goals but sadly, have been killed.
Afghanistan needs strong Afghan women leaders whose goals include women’s empowerment, who will stay in her own country and be the voice of those who never dare to speak in public.
Afghanistan needs strong Afghan women leaders whose goals include women’s empowerment, who will stay in her own country and be the voice of those who never dare to speak in public. Still my big dream is alive and I am trying to achieve it. My dream is to get my Master’s degree from a top business school and to be a strong Afghan entrepreneur. I want women in my country to become independent financially by creating job opportunities for them. My next focus will be on Afghan children and youth. I wish I could build libraries and encourage young people to read a lot of books. Knowledge developed the world and if a person reads books then she/he has something to share with the world. Knowledge is one form of awareness and ideas. Women should be aware, create ideas and take part in the development of their country. Women should believe they are the most beautiful creatures of God and bring that beauty to the world.