1. Hajimir Ahmad

Seventy-six year old village elder, Hajimir Ahmad, donated his own land to build two girls’ schools in Sangbast, Afghanistan. He says he could not educate his daughters, but it’s not too late for his granddaughters. x

2. Sultan Mohammad Yusufzai

Religious leader, Sultan Mohammad Yusufzai, along with other local community members, spent three months convincing a father to cancel the wedding of a 10-year old girl in Herat.

“The main reason for child marriage is poverty and that forces parents to agree to early marriage. The second reason is low awareness amongst families about Islamic principles and international human rights,” says Sultan Mohammad Yusufzai x

3. Mullah Azizullah

Students pass by Mullah Aziz Ullah, a local religious leader, at Sorya High School in West Kabul. The Mullah has three daughters who all attend school along with his two sons. ” I want the best for all of my children not just the boys” says Mullah Aziz x

4. Mullah (name unknown)

A mullah with his son. He has been trained on maternal health and now helps to persuade the villagers to take health care for mothers and pregnant women more seriously. Tirin Kot, Uruzgan, August 2012. x

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