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A Woman's Goal

Sabera lives outside Kabul, Afghanistan. Every other day she makes a two hour journey to play football with the women’s national team. Many Afghans do not consider it right that women have the chance to develop freely in society. For the love of football, Sabera and the other women in her team put their lives at risk.

 

 

A Woman's Goal

by Lela Ahmadzai

Afghanistan
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In Afghanistan women aren’t granted the opportunity to freely develop in society. Fear of attack is an ever-present threat. That is why the women’s team is accompanied by security teams and train every other day on ISAF’s military base in Kabul. It is not unusual for the women to be forced to interrupt practice for the landing of a military helicopter in the middle of practice.

The young women’s parents, while supporting their daughter’s wishes to play football, are also concerned with their safety and future. In a patriarchal society, like Afghanistan, football is considered inappropriate for women. "A woman's Goal" shows this tension between the excitement for sports and the traditional roles that afghan women have in society.