Being a woman in Afghanistan: a hard life
Afghanistan is one of the most challenging countries for women. Girls are forced by their family to marry young; 60% are married by the age of 16. Education levels of Afghan women are low, about 85% of the Afghan women cannot read or write. A large proportion of the married women are widowed at a relatively young age, because their husbands are much older, or are killed in armed conflicts. Presently, in Afghanistan there are some 1.5 million widows, having few to none economic perspectives. As Afghan women have a primary role in caring for the family’s livestock, this offers a great opportunity for DCA to empower women within the safe environment of their homes. Within the cultural context, DCA involves women as much as possible in the organisation itself as well as in the projects it implements.