As part of a college assignment last semester, we were asked to write a report on an issue of our choice, that is effecting a developing country. I chose to the theme of gender equality and with the magic of the internet, I managed to get in touch with an inspirational female vet in Afghanistan. She told me her story and how she and many others won’t let the force of inequality crush them.
The Nowzad veterinary clinic in Kabul is revolutionary in many ways. The clinic, which relies on donations for the work it carries out, is the only official animal shelter in Afghanistan. They offer practical training programmes for veterinary students and they provide vaccinations and care for animals, that have been adopted by soldiers in war torn parts of Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya and Kuwait. The clinic also proudly boasts that its staff include Afghan female veterinarians, something that is considered a ground breaking achievement in Afghanistan. One such vet who Nowzad put me in touch with, is Malalai Haikal.