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Coffee Hour: Women In Afghanistan

Author: Tsukuba Information Center, Issue: June 2006, Topic: Coffee Hour

This is a regular event hosted by the Tsukuba Information Center usually on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Afghanistan is located in Central Asia. Due to repeated conflict, the country is still suffering and in turmoil. In spite of this, however, people in Afghanistan cherish its tradition, customs and culture.

Of those unsolved problems that the country is facing, its repressive measures towards women stand out. Women have been deprived of the right to educational opportunities for a long time. Based on research by UNESCO, it has been determined that women in Afghanistan have an extremely low rate of literacy of only 14%. Over 23 years of civil war has resulted in many people losing their loved ones, and particularly those families who lost wage earners are having difficulty finding a job to support themselves, as they cannot read or write.

Ms. Sultani, the guest at June's Coffee Hour, has been engaged in supporting activities for Afghani women through education. Ms. Sultani first came to Japan with her husband in 1977. She completed her Master's Degree at Tsukuba University, and then she became a naturalized Japanese in 2002.

While she works as a translator, she also established a school called "Kibou no gakkou" in Afghanistan, for the purpose of supporting independence of women. The school provides a literacy education as well as vocational training, and it has been encouraging Afghani women to have hopes and dreams.

For more information: Ibaraki International Association Tsukuba Office 029-852-6789

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