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Aid projects bring new hope for Afghan women

Since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, Afghanistan has received billions of dollars in aid from Canada and other foreign governments. While assistance programs typically are billed as a means of winning the hearts and minds of the people by lifting them out of poverty, many have the unintended side effect of empowering women and introducing them to a lifestyle that would be unthinkable under the Taliban.

I know this to be true because I have witnessed it many times during my travels to Afghanistan.

To read the full story please visit the National Post.

Originally published in the National Post on the 3rd of January, 2011.

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