Creating Equality Around the World

Nihar Suthar interviewed Fawzia Koofi, Vice President of the National Assembly in Afghanistan and Presidential candidate for 2018, on Incito tonight. There was some extremely deep discussion about gender and education inequality. Fawzia reflected on living conditions under the Taliban. She said that during the time of the Taliban regime, women were not even treated as human beings. They could only go out in public if they were accompanied by men. They had no freedom. The Taliban had incredibly extreme views that were neither justified by religion or culture. These injustices are what ultimately motivated Fawzia to become involved in politics.

According to Fawzia, gender gaps around the world today can be bridged by equal investments in both boys and girls. In traditional cultures, men are typically viewed as being powerful representatives of their families. As a result, parents tend to invest more resources into their sons rather than their daughters. Fawzia points out that investments should be equal regardless of gender. In addition, she also says that property rights for women should be made more accessible. This would give women economic stability. Luckily, the suggestions that Fawzia has are already starting to be implemented around the world. Progress will take time, but with effort from every single one of us, it is possible to create equality everywhere.

Fawzia Koofi is changing the landscape of gender and education equality around the world. She has received several death threats from the Taliban.

Fawzia Koofi is changing the landscape of gender and education equality around the world. She has received several death threats from the Taliban.

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Learn more about host Nihar Suthar at: http://www.niharsuthar.com

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