Afghan women strike blow for equality

This is an interesting story that is very connected to Boy Overboard. Click on the image to read the full article. Then, make a comment to share your thoughts about…

  • how this news story is connected to the story of Boy Overboard
  • what you think and feel about women being banned from sports
  • how life is changing for people in Afghanistan




  1. November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

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  2. November 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hi everyone!

    I think this is related to Boy Overboard because number one in Boy Overboard women weren’t allowed to become a teacher or own a school. In Afghanistan women aren’t allowed to play sports or learn sports. The second reasons is that they both want to have a life that is peaceful, happy, fun and safe. It’s also the same because the government had very harsh and cruel consequences like killing women if they were doing sports. It’s just like Boy Overboard because Jamal’s house got blown up because the government found that Jamal’s mom was secretly opening a school for their neighbors.

    I think that is absolutely wrong to banned women from doing sports. Firstly I think women should be treated equally like men. Secondly, if women don’t do sports they won’t be fit and they will be having sicknesses and illnesses easier. Also it will be bad because if you don’t do some sports you will get use to not doing sports so you will be weaker and weaker until you have weak bones and every time you walk you would have to take breaks for about five seconds. Also if they don’t do sports they start to get fat and lazy so they won’t clean their house up and so it might end up like James dirty garbage house, which will cause a lot of trouble between your neighbors.

    The lives of Afghanistan women have changed because in the past they didn’t have much freedom or chances because of Taliban but right now they have more chances to do stuff and they are even allowed to answer BBC interviews which was broadcasted around Afghanistan and the world. Now they have also chances to be the first Afghanistan woman Olympic boxer. Before there were absolutely no chances for women to go to work or play sports because Taliban ruled the land, but know Taliban went so women have more equal rights than before. I hope Afghanistan women boxers will be able to participate in London Olympics!!

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