What's In Store For Afghan Women: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's Op-Ed On CNN
Lemmon notes that there are currently 3 million girls enrolled in school, and one quarter of the country's parliament is made up of young women who are, "pushing for human rights and better education." These are positive steps in the right direction, but sweeping, country-wide change takes time. There is still a great deal of progress to be made, and she explains that the women in the country will continue to fight for the advancement of human rights even if international forces do withdraw in a year's time. However, she explains that it is important to note that the fates of both sets of women are linked—and opportunities have to be available to all women in the country if this generation hopes to create a better future for their daughters.
A Contributing Editor-At-Large for Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast, and the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program, Lemmon frequently focuses on the relationship between women and work and the potential this relationship has to create massive changes in difficult environments. She uses real world examples to explain how the advancement of entrepreneurship, investment, and education opportunities for women—as well as the increased reporting and punishment of violence against them—can help advance the status of everyone in the world.