Friday, March 20, 2009

PBS to air special on women in Afghanistan  


TONIGHT at 7PM ET, the PBS NewsHour will explore the status of women in Afghanistan, and the endless obstacles they face. From an e-mail sent to me by Women for Women International:

  • 85.1% of women have no formal education
  • 74% of girls drop out of school by 5th grade
  • Only 1% of girls in rural communities attends school
  • Nearly 79% of women are illiterate
  • The average salary is just 48 cents a day
  • On average, Afghan women give birth to 7 children
  • 1 out of 8 women die from causes related to pregnancy or child birth

If you can't view it tonight, be sure to check your local listings for other times it may be airing. It should be a really interesting and eye-opening program, so do your best to see it!

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2 comments: to “ PBS to air special on women in Afghanistan

  • March 20, 2009 at 3:44 PM  

    This is a HUGE area of interest for me, I will be watching! Thanks for the heads-up!

  • March 29, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

    I feel so bad for Afghan Community particularly women. There is no women rights or freedom, nor they have any status in the community. They are not allowed to seek education, no health care facility not even allowed to go outside. they are just treated as a maid in the houses. People all over the world fighting for women rights even though they have much better situation than what we can see the picture of Afghan women in the community.