WFP Staff’s Perspective on Women in Afghanistan

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, 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

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.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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