Helping Afghan women back into higher ed

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Since the Taliban suspended the rights of Afghan women to pursue higher education last month, many American higher education institutions and leaders have decried the ban. Becker said he hopes to see more American institutions take steps to help the women recently deprived of higher education. Regional universities like AUW and AUCA are often easier alternatives for Afghan women than U.S. higher education institutions, since they’re closer and student visas are more readily available. “One of [our Afghan women students] wrote me an email after she was admitted where she said, ‘I’d rather die than stop my studies,’” Reshef said. But Afghan women may be unable to access even open-source classes if the government is monitoring their internet use.
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