by Lisa Marie Quelle
„It [independence] belongs to all of us and that is why we celebrate it.
Do you think, however, that our nation from the outset needs only men to serve it? Women should also take their part as women did in the early years of our nation and Islam. From their examples we must learn that we must all contribute toward the development of our nation and this cannot be done without being equipped with knowledge. So we should all attempt to acuire as much knowledge as possible, in order that we may render our services to sociery in the manner of the women of early Islam.“ – Soraya, wife of Amanullah, on the 7th anniversary of the independence of Afghanistan, 1926