To begin the major cultural shift about women with our foreign policy, let the US lead an effort to create greater appreciation and empowerment of women in Afghanistan by implementing a two-part financial incentive program.

Part 1. Pay Afghan families with girls a monthly stipend as long as their girls are unmarried / unengaged and in school, including all the way through university. The families could direct that a small portion of the stipend be paid to their local religious organization (mosque, temple, church, etc.) as long as that organization supports the education of girls, and does not call for any member of their community to be harmed.

Part 2. Pay Afghan families with adult women a monthly stipend as long as their women are part of a women's - only community militia. The purpose of the militia to protect the community of and schools/universities attended by Afghan girls / women. Again, the families could direct that a small portion of the stipend be paid to their local religious organization (mosque, temple, church, etc.) as long as that organization supports participation of women in the militia and does not call for any member of their community to be harmed.

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