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The Women Who Guard Afghanistan and Tajikistan’s Borders

With growing insecurity in northern Afghanistan, women have been playing a greater role in securing the border with Tajikistan. For years, only male border guards were trained to detect threats posed by narcotics and human traffickers. But in 2014 this changed when the UN Migration Agency, IOM, delivered its first joint training course for a dozen Tajik and Afghan female border guards. 

Hajer Naili
Hajer Naili is a Journalist and the Communications and Social Media Coordinator at IOM Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a web-reporter/photojournalist for the New-York based publication Women's eNews and was a freelancer for Al Jazeera Plus.
Fereshteh Forough's picture

My Homeland’s Greatest Untapped Resource: STEM-Educated Women

Investing in the education of women and girls in Afghanistan will lead the country to social and economic prosperity. Fereshteh Forough, founder of the first coding school in Afghanistan, writes about challenging the gender norms to allow women and girls to break into STEM careers.

Fereshteh Forough
Fereshteh Forough is the Co-Founder of Code to Inspire. She was born a refugee in Iran during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan. She now lives in New York.
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