Shukufa is a freshman in the Human Rights program, this is her story:
I am from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Tajikistan is an unstable and backwards country. Many of the women I know are not able to go to school or have a career. I believe that human rights should be protected regardless of gender, and that is why I chose the human rights program at AUCA.
The Soviet Union had many problems, but in Tajikistan it provided education for both men and women as equals. Since the 1990s, that system of education has collapsed, and has not been replaced. The result is that everyone, but especially women, have less access to education, which is the one thing that can help them live a meaningful life.
I want to study at AUCA because it is the most respected university in the region, and provides me with the opportunity to study human rights and bring those skills back to Tajikistan. I want to live in a country where all women are able to freely express their thoughts without fear.
About American University of Central Asia
The American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary university in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Founded in 1993 with the support of the United States Government and the Open Society Institute, it provides a unique American-style liberal arts curriculum for top students in the region.
About 90% of AUCA students receive financial aid of some sort. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to supplement financial aid packages with loans offered to students starting their freshman year at the university.