Afghan women ask “Where is my name?”

So you thought it was difficult to find the names of your Irish female ancestors? Be glad you’re not doing Afghan research.

A New York Times article by Mujib Mashal, reprinted in today’s StarTribune, reports on the “deep-rooted taboo that prevents men from mentioning their female relatives’ names in public” and the social media campaign to change the custom.

The last paragraph of the article quotes a member of a provincial Afghan council who says women have been systematically erased throughout history, “The child comes out of the mother’s womb, but in no document relating to the child – from infancy to old age – does the mother’s name get registered.”

The article can be read in its entirety here:


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