Despite significant advances that have been made since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan frequently ranks amongst the lowest in terms of educational opportunities, life expectancy, health, and access to justice.
Afghan women and girls face inequitable access to formal education and they lack opportunities to develop the skills needed to lead productive and fulfilling lives. We believe that there will never be a solution to the conflict without the free and full participation of women as equals in society.
Free to Run has spent over four years building up increased support for Afghan women and girls in adventure sports. We began in 2014 with hiking activities for a small group of young women in the Central Highlands Region. Today, we operate in four provinces and support over 550 ethnically diverse women and girls, ages 15-26, who commit to a comprehensive program of athletics, civic engagement, and leadership training.