Nazia, a 28-year-old in Nangarhar Province, has been teaching other women sewing and embroidery, providing valuable opportunities for work and education.
Uncowed by threats from extremist groups and social taboos, Afghan women and youth say they will persevere for 'education, progress and change'.
For example, 67 of the 249 members of the Wolesi Jirga are women, and currently 3,400 women are serving in the armed forces, a number that is expected to grow to 10,000 in next ten years.
A local couple opened the gym, specifically designed for women, after consultations with local elders and officials.
A new media outlet dedicated solely to women's issues is defying years of Taliban oppression and violence against journalists.
Thirty shelters have been established across 13 Afghan provinces since 2001.
Galaxy Family Cinema makes movie-going possible for families and unaccompanied women for the first time in Afghanistan.
The Iraqi Women Network has been working to help communities affected by 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' violence to move forward.
On the eve of Mother's Day, Al-Mashareq spoke to three women who are demonstrating resilience amid adversity in very different ways.
Zohra, an ensemble of 35 young musicians aged 13 to 20, is giving young Afghan women the chance for a different life.