Whether or not she wins CNN's award, Razia Jan's work to educate girls in Afghanistan has already redefined what it means to be a hero.
Poverty, insecurity, a lack of trained teachers, and poorly equipped schools have begun to erode the progress Afghanistan has made in educating girls.
Increased insecurity and waning donor interest in continuing to invest in basic services means that progress that has been made in Afghanistan could slip away--if we don't redouble our efforts.
Oxfam's Paul O'Brien tells CNN that there is a powerful connection between the long-term development of Afghanistan and the stability of the country in the future.
At first glance, I thought it was a beautiful image. Then I read a little more about women’s experiences in Afghanistan under extremist rule, and the more haunting elements came to the forefront.
Before a high-level meeting in The Hague, kites fly with an important message for the diplomats: put the people of Afghanistan on the top of your agenda.
Ministers at a high-level meeting in The Hague will weigh the future of Afghanistan
In the days leading up to a trip, echoes of past ones keep me awake.
In Ethiopia, one woman's strength in the face of trouble sends a message of hope.