A woman from Daikundi, a province in the center of Afghanistan, has walked almost 10 hours carrying her infant to reach to the center of the province to attend university entrance exam.
Jahantab became famous after a lecturer published her photo on social media which showed her sitting on the ground, having her baby in her arms, and filling the exam paper.
Jahantab is now is in Kabul to ask aid organizations to help her continue her higher education.
She was at grade nine when she got married. She completed her high school in a village in Miramor district in Daikundi four years ago.
The 25-year-old woman has three children, two daughters and a son. She had her two-month old child with her when she went to attend the examin Nilli City.
“We live in an area where there is no school, but I always wanted to achieve education and make my way to university. I walked hours until I reached to the center of the province to participate in university entrance exam,” said Jahantab.
Jahantab’s husband and her family are supporting her for posting his photo on social media, despite that according to many, it is a taboo in Afghanistan.
Her husband, Isa, said he will support his wife to fulfill her dreams and continue her higher education.
Isa is a farmer and works for people in Oshto village in Miramor district.
“When I heard about the success of my wife, I was excited. I will be happier when my wife achieves more success,” he said.
Jahantab’s relatives said they will support her to attend university, because she is interested to learn.
“She had a pen or a book on her one hand and was working with another when she was at home. I often said that her talent should not be ignored,” Jahantab’s uncle Mohammad Reza said.
Zahra Yagana, a civil society activist, who has brought Jahantab from Daikundi to Kabul said her courage and desire indicate that Afghan women have a high motivation for education.
“Afghan women are the bravest women in the world. They have access to less facilities for improvement, but they have always done something important and have had big achievements,” said Yagana.