Afghanistan – Education Equity Profile for Adolescent Girls
Barriers to education for adolescent girls in Afghanistan, and policies and strategies to address them
Girls in Afghanistan are significantly less likely to attend school than boys across all ages, but the gender gap widens from age 10 and peaks at age 14. This reflects increased barriers to education when girls reach adolescence. This brief looks at the profiles of out-of-school adolescent girls in Afghanistan, and the multiple barriers to education they face. They include socio-cultural barriers, poverty and financial barriers, school-level barriers, insecurity and conflict, and barriers to education for ethnic minorities. It subsequently looks at policies and strategies for addressing these barriers, such as Community Based Education (CBE).