Farzana Bread Maker
FARZANA Bread Maker “Things are moving forward, but don’t leave behind those who still suffer from the past.” Q: What did you do at the bakery? A: It was a work program for women run by Massouda Jalal, the current Minister of Women’s Affairs, but then she was working for World Food Program. This was during the Taliban time when women could not work outside of the home. Q: Where were these bakery shops? A: They were in another woman’s house. Q: What do you do now for a living? A: I have gone back to the World Food Program to find a job, but there is nothing for me. I am now trying to get a job. Q: What kind of work are you looking for now, do you want to go back to being a baker or something different? A: I would like to work in an office, but I can’t read or write so I will have to go back to working in a bakery. Q: How do you feel about your future, do you think you will learn how to read and write and then get a better job? A: I can’t know before something happens. I hope that I can become literate, I hope that I can get a better job and then a better life, but I don’t know if that will happen until it happens. Q: How do you feel about the future of all Afghan women? A: Things are getting better, girls are going to school and that will help them have a better future. And having educated women can only help all of Afghanistan in the future. Q: Let’s look at your current situation, if you were not prevented from going to school during the Taliban time, you could have an office job right now. Do you encourage other girls to go to school, now that they can? A: It is very important that all young girls go to school. Because I did not go to school, I don’t have a good job. I tell them this and encourage them to go to school. I tell them to look at me, I will never get any other work then in a bakery so they should go to school and learn as much as they can. This will help them have a better future. Q: Now that there is a new path for Afghan women, what needs to change right now, what is most important? A: I think that the government should do something for the women who are illiterate. Make programs like factory work or something like this, so those who can’t read or write can feed their family. Things are moving forward, but don’t leave behind those who still suffer from the past.
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