But female athletes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan face different challenges. Their stepping stones to equality are much further spaced out, and have sharper edges. While there are laws ensuring girls get equal rights to sports teams and participation, like Title IX, they do not and governments, conservative family members, or a frightened communities sometime discourage them from participating.
This spring, CAI received one of the most touching grants for education in our twenty-year history. It wasn’t the size of the grant that honored us the most; it was the group of students from the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) who chose to support CAI’s mission of peace through education.
Though refugees come from many countries, the United Nations reports 54% of this population flees from just three countries: Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria.
“We realized there was no military solution for what we wanted to do,” explains Nathan. It was time to turn traditional methodology on its head."
In places like rural Pakistan and Afghanistan the flu can render someone severely ill, possibly on the brink of death, due to a lack of easily accessible healthcare thus cutting short any and all plans for that person’s future.
“When we went through this transition of traditional to commercial farming we wanted to make life better, but it didn’t work out that way,” says Asif.
On Mother’s Day we celebrate the important ways mothers keep the world turning. Mothers heal scraped knees and broken hearts. They are our biggest champions and toughest coaches. Mothers teach us to work hard and show us our dreams have no limits.
Every day Central Asia Institute and millions of people around the world fight for women – women’s education, women’s safety, and women’s empowerment. And every day women succeed.
As Women’s History Month begins and CAI reflects on major milestones in the organization’s history, we can’t help but look at the women’s education movement as a whole.
Central Asia Institute is based in Bozeman, Montana, where we certainly have our fair share of snow along with long, cold winters. But compared to some of the communities we work with, we’ve got it pretty easy.