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  • I’ve been reading an Amnesty International leaflet about women in Afghanistan.

    I hold my hands in the air and declare
    that I have not been watching The News or keeping up with Current Affairs.

    I find The News depressing and I am never sure that we get the full story.
    The slant, the angle, the headline somehow more important that the facts themselves.

    And so I am sitting, with my hands in the air, admitting I know very little about Afghanistan.

    I start to read this leaflet and there is one thing that jumps out at me.
    One nugget.
    One fact.
    That raises my eyebrows and has me amazed.

    In 1919 Afghan becomes one of the first countries to give women the vote.

    A year before the USA.
    A year after the UK.

    It just makes me wonder.

    What has happened in this country,
    that in less than a 100 years,
    by the end of 2011,
    it was classed as the worst place to be a woman?

    It just makes me think.

    If my great grandchildren are reading a leaflet about Afghanistan in another 100 years
    what will it be saying?
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