Each day we draw inspiration from the courage of the women and girls of Afghanistan. They are rebuilding their country by learning skills and emerging as breadwinners and community leaders. They are finding opportunities to support their families and contribute to a more robust economy, one village at a time. Day at a time, they are becoming full participants in shaping the future and bringing real meaning to the phrase gender equity. The are proving that women and girls are the solution. The pathway to global peace and prosperity.

We’d like to introduce you to a few of the women and girls we’ve met along the way. In some cases, we have not identified them to protect their privacy and ensure their safety. Some of the photographs that accompany these stories are Shannon’s. Others were donated by professional photographers who have accompanied her as she’s traveled across the country, from Mountain2Mountain. All of them will move you.