WFP Staff’s Perspective on Women in Afghanistan

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Three Women in Burqas in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2006

Three Women in Burqas in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2006

Friends, family and blog readers who’ve been following since before I launched SoloTravelGirl.com, know I visited Afghanistan in 2006. For those who don’t know, I traveled with Global Exchange on a 10-day trip to Kabul with the focus on women making change in a post-Taliban society. (You can read the blog posts from the trip on www.quirkykitsch.com.)

Saying it was a life-altering experience is an understatement. Unfortunately, since the media reports only deteriorating conditions, I’ve become numb to the depressing news coming out of the country but having been there, I know there is good happening and hope is alive.

Women Making Purses at Women4Women, Kaubl, Afghanistan, March 2006

Women Making Purses at Women4Women, Kaubl, Afghanistan, March 2006

I was happy to learn from the World Food Program about a public information officer, Challiss McDonough, who’s spent the past year supporting food relief operations in Kabul. Check out this interview with her about her challenges and challenges of women.

All is not dark, McDonough is finding hope, the same hope many women I met with had.

I wish her well, I know her task is not easy.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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