Power to Empower: Sadiqa Basiri on the US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan and what that means for Girls Education in the country.


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Sadiqa Basiri , Founder of the Oruj Learning Center, joined host, Alyse Nelson, for a discussion on women’s rights in Afghanistan and how strong educational institutions will be crucial mechanisms to grow the next generation of Afghan leaders. Sadiqa shared how her experience of being denied the opportunity to attend medical school and living under Taliban occupation inspired her life’s work in advocating for girls’ education. And as the United States prepares to remove troops from Afghan soil leaving the nation in a period of uncertainty – advocates like Sadiqa are working to preserve educational institutions for historically marginalized groups, including girls, out of fear that the future may bring with it, remnants of a historically dark time.

Sadiqa is a role model for people around the world who believe in the importance of girls’ education. In response to the recent attacks on girls’ schools in Afghanistan, Sadiqa shares a realistic perspective on the future of her endeavors and educates listeners on what they can do to support Afghanistan during this unpredictable time.

To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vitalvoices.org. This series is inspired by our book, Vital Voices: 100 Women using their Power to Empower, edited by Alyse Nelson with art by Gayle Kabaker, published by Assouline.

Host: Alyse Nelson.

Executive Producer: Sofiyat Ibrahim

Producer and Editor: Maya Sternthal, Jane Owen

Music: Deliberate Thought by Kevin MacLeod.

Deliberate Thought by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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