Stop Discriminatory Ban on Afghani Female Robotics Team

Target: Steve A. Linick, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of State

Goal: Reverse decision to bar Afghan all-girl robotics team from United States competition.

An all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan has been denied visas to enter the United States for the FIRST Global Challenge. The girls had spent the past months working as fast and as hard as they could to build a ball-sorting robot and were determined to apply for their visas at the Embassy in Kabul despite the dangers present. When they learned their visa applications were rejected, they were devastated.

To make matters worse, teams from Sudan and Syria were granted access, despite their inclusion in the travel ban.

This decision was completely unfair. These girls are not dangerous terrorists, they are smart and determined young people who only wanted to show the world what they can do. Becoming female scientists at all is a near-impossible task in the male-dominated Afghanistan, it is not right that these girls who worked so hard are being refused the chance to prove their worth.

The bias against female scientists the world over is bad enough without this act of injustice. Sign this petition to demand the State Department reverse its decision and allow the team their visas.


Dear Inspector General Linick,

Your decision to deny visas to a robotics team from Afghanistan was unfair and devastating to the young girls on said team who worked for months to build their ball-sorting robot and to apply for their visas. It was difficult enough for these girls to come as far as they did due to the male-dominated nature of Afghanistan, they deserve to attend the FIRST Global Challenge in person.

Please reverse your decision and grant these hard-working young women their visas. They are not dangerous terrorists, they are determined scientists who want to help spread the message that women can be just as innovative and intelligent as men when it comes to STEM.


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  1. These girls ought to be commended for their courage, ambition and achievements. It is shameful that the American government has denied them visas.

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