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As young leaders, we must establish a fair society and stay committed to our communities.
- Arzoo Zarabi
Arzoo Zarabi was born and raised in Afghanistan. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kabul University in 2013. As a Teacher and Consultant at Mailka Suraya High School, Arzoo teaches English language for students in 7th and 8th grade, consults students about menstrual health, and encourages and advises students to participate in national events and debate programs.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
The main thing we face with that is the situation of Afghanistan. Gender roles are highly patriarchal and rigidly defined in Afghan culture. The men are viewed as the main income earners, while women are seen as the homemakers. Husbands are expected to provide economically for their wives and children throughout their lives.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I worked as a teacher for girls high school it was helpful because at that time they can attend our programs and they changed. one of my wins was awareness about their rights to study but unfortunately Now Afghanistan is the only country in the world where girls are banned from going to high school and effectively barred from political.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Finding a job in Afghanistan is tough, and for young women even tougher. But with well-designed skills training and shifting attitudes we can achieve our goals and the most important thing when you work for your rights and your country’s women whom were in war around half century it makes you happy and proud.
- Persian (Advanced/Native)
- English (Intermediate)
- Hindi (beginner)
- women's rights