WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer Illustrations by Suana Verelst from Razia's Ray of Hope, ©Elizabeth Suneby, published by Kids Can Press as the long days of summer come to a close, beach towels are packed up, calculators and backpacks resurface, and a combined sense of excitement about what is ahead and sadness about what is being left behind is palpable. Although returning to school can be riddled with mixed feelings, imagine for a moment what it might be like to never have the chance to go to school. Razia, a young girl from Afghanistan, longs to go to school like her brothers. A girls' school is being built in Razia's town and she is determined to attend; however, this process is not as straightforward as it might seem. Like most girls in Afghanistan, Razia has very little control over her life. She is considered the property of the male members of her family: her grandfather, father, and brother. Before she can enroll, she must receive their permission. Razia has the support of her grandfather, who makes the case for her to attend: before the civil wars and before the Taliban, women in Afghanistan were educated. They were doctors, government workers and journalists. It is time to give our daughters…the chance to read and write. Our family and our country will be stronger for it. 95 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e Some of you are too young to remember, and some of you were not even born, but before the occupation of our country,

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