Applaud the First Woman to Graduate from the Afghan Air Force

Target: Niloofar Rhmani

Goal: Congratulate Niloofar Rhmani for being the first woman to graduate from Afghan Air Force since the 1980s

When Niloofar Rhmani, who is only 21 years old, graduated from the Afghan Air Force in May 2013, she became an inspiration to a lot of young Afghan women and to people all around the world. In getting her flying wings, she showed a lot of hard work, ambition and dedication. In fact, to qualify for the air force’s undergraduate pilot training program, she had actually spent about a year learning and improving her English. After getting in, she completed the 145 flying hours demanded by the program. Without a doubt her hard work paid off, and now she has accomplished a feat that has not been done since the 1980s.

The young Rhmani understands that it is harder for women in her country to pursue their dreams due to ingrained discrimination. It has been reported that in recent years, there has been increasing violence towards women in Afghanistan. With this is mind, Rhmani hopes that her success will pave the way for more Afghan women to pursue their dreams, saying “now my goal is to help my country have a bright future and stand up for females. I helped break down the doors for them after me.”

She has already garnered a lot of respect from people on the internet. One person wrote “that woman [Rhmani] just overcame not only the pilot training, but also massive cultural resistance to get where she is. Massive respect is due.” An Afghan man who was raised outside Afghanistan was very happy about her accomplishments, writing “I’m proud that she’s giving hope to all the little girls back home who have to better themselves under daily threats of violence. I hope this is the beginning of changing attitudes back home.”

Sign the petition below to applaud Rhmani for not only being the first Afghan woman to graduate from the Afghan Air Force since the 1980s, but for also becoming a great symbol of hope and inspiration for all Afghan women out there.


Dear Niloofar Rhmani,

Congratulations on graduating from Undergraduate Pilot Training. I think it is very inspirational that you spent a year learning and improving your English to make yourself better qualified for a spot in the Afghan Air Force’s undergraduate pilot training program. Now, not only have you earned your flying wings, but you have also become the first Afghan woman to graduate from the Afghan Air Force since the 1980s.

You are setting a great example for many women in your country and around the world that women can see their dreams come true as long as they work hard and never give up. I think your accomplishment will especially impact young Afghan women, who are living in perpetual fear. You just showed them that nothing is impossible. I hope you will get a chance to help your country have a bright future. Thank you for standing up for females.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Senior Airman Scott Saldukas via Wikimedia Commons

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