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What It Means To Be A Mother In Afghanistan

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I visited a training centre on the outskirts of Kabul where we met a group of women learning how to read and write and - incongruously - sew footballs. (..) One of the women had been married off when she was just ten years old. Her husband didn’t want their own daughter to go to school, but she stood up to him and eventually got her way. (..) I can see how WFP’s take-home rations for schoolgirls would make a big difference. A monthly can of fortified cooking oil used to seem to me like a small incentive to families to send their girls to school. Progress is being made in Afghanistan, but we need to ensure that we don’t lose the momentum, especially as donor countries are facing tough economic choices.