[News] Afghan women campaigning to be named on children's birth certificates

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An interesting article with genealogical implications: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-women-names-trfn/afghan-women-demand-right-to-be-named-on-childrens-documents-idUSKCN24U2Y9

Currently, women are not named on their children's birth certificates, on their own wedding invitations, or even on their own gravestones. In genealogical terms, Afghanistan is a land of erased women. Eventually, one hopes, there will be a generation of genealogists looking to research their roots there, and needing to rely on family stories and memories to even know the names of their own grandmothers and aunts.

I am of course reminded of Western society, where mothers might or might not be included on their children's baptism records, sometimes with only her first name and her LNAB lost to the mists of time. Or women recorded as "the wife of So-and-So died on this day", her given name lost to us. How many of us have trees with gaps where a woman should be a hundred or so years ago?

in The Tree House by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (254k points)

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So many things we now generally take for granted!

I hope these women are recognized and welcomed with their place at the family table, for the benefit of all.
by Russ Gunther G2G6 Mach 9 (90.6k points)

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