56-year-old law student is changing perceptions about Afghan women
December 28, 2015
Some in her Afghan community say Anisa Shuja, an older woman, shouldn't have gone back to school
Decades of war and years of repression by the Taliban meant many Afghan women and some young men missed years of high school or got no education at all. So Hassina Shujan is making up for lost time, teaching more than 3,000 women and 100 men, grades 6 through 12, at an accelerated three-year pace. One of her star students is 50-year-old Anisa Shuja, who, after raising a family, completed the program and is now studying for her law degree. In this America Tonight excerpt, Jennifer Glasse looks at Shuja’s journey and why some in her community say she shouldn’t be in school because she’s a woman and she’s too old.