In Bamyan, Afghanistan, a Canadian-supported dormitory has become a powerful tool for breaking down significant barriers to education for young women and girls.
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For vulnerable communities in remote, high mountain valleys across Central Asia, lives are changing.
Earlier this month, Deborah Lyons, Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to Afghanistan, met with Governor Tahir Zohair and local officials in the province of Bamyan in Northern Afghanistan.
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In Afghanistan’s rural northern provinces, the barriers to educating girls are diverse and always changing – but often, the solutions are simple.
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Suicide attacks, earthquakes, and assaults on girls in school dominate international news from Afghanistan. But there is a greater danger to life, rarely mentioned in the headlines: pregnancy.