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Roya Mahboob & The Digital Citizens

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In 2015, Uncommon Union went to Afghanistan to develop a series of stories for Salon Magazine featuring Afghan entrepreneur, Roya Mahboob. The project focused on her foundation, The Digital Citizen Fund (DCF), which has since gained international recognition.  Read series at Salon Magazine.

The Salon stories were the first to provide an in-depth look at the work of the DCF which includes the renown Afghan girls robotics team. This awareness helped build support for the foundation which has expanded to open several new schools for girls in Afghanistan.

Uncommon Union sits on the board of the Digital Citizen Fund and continues to work to support the organization’s mission to help girls and women in developing countries gain access to technology, virtually connect with others across the world, and obtain necessary skills to succeed in today’s expanding global market.

Council on Foreign Relations: ‘Building a Skilled GirlForce: Lessons from Roya Mahboob ” https://www.cfr.org/blog/building-skilled-girlforce-lessons-roya-mahboob

Forbes “Seat Of Power Episode 4: Roya Mahboob On Using Bitcoin To Empower Women”https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilydrewry/2017/08/31/seat-of-power-episode-4-roya-mahboob-on-using-bitcoin-to-empower-women/#447d6c0c5972

The Washington Post  “For Afghan girls team, a trip to Washington was about more than the robotics”https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/for-afghan-girls-team-a-trip-to-washington-was-about-more-than-the-robotics/2017/07/21/1670ac3c-6e25-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html?utm_term=.f6d894dbe17e

CNN Tech “How an all-female robotics team from Afghanistan ended up competing in DC”
https://money.cnn.com/2017/07/18/technology/culture/afghan-robotics-team/index.html

The New York Times
“Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Wins Limelight at Competition”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-robotics-visas-trump.html?mcubz=1

The Atlantic
“The odyssey of six teenage girls from a war zone to D.C.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/07/afghanistan-robotics-women-kabul-trump/533781/

The Guardian
“All-girl Afghan robotics team allowed to travel to US after visa ruling overturned”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/13/all-girl-afghan-robotics-team-allowed-to-travel-to-us-after-visa-ruling-overturned

Politico
“Trump intervenes to grant rejected Afghan girls entry to U.S. for robotics contest”
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/12/trump-afghan-girls-robots-240474

Mashable
“These Afghan girls will miss their robotics competition because the U.S. denied them visa”
https://mashable.com/2017/06/30/afghanistan-robotics-team-girls-denied-visa/#.yVzZopLIBq8

Newsweek
“Afghan Female Robotics Team Risked Lives to Apply for US Visa but Were Denied.”
https://www.newsweek.com/afganistan-robotics-womens-education-630886

Impakter
“No limits: How Roya Mahboob fights inequality with education.”
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/roya-mahboob-coding-afghanistan

Radio Free Europe
“Technology An Agent of Change For Women In Developing Areas”
https://impakter.com/technology-agent-change-women-developing-areas-roya-mahboob/?utm_content=buffer6020c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Guardian
“Meet Afghanistan’s female coders who are defying gender stereotypes”
https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2016/nov/07/afghanistan-female-coders-defying-gender-stereotypes

The Week
“Inside the heroic effort to bring the internet to young women in Afghanistan”
http://theweek.com/articles/581231/inside-heroic-effort-bring-internet-young-women-afghanistan

Fast Company
“Activists Explain How Technology Helped Them Fight Oppressive Governments”
https://www.fastcompany.com/3066519/watch-these-activists-explain-how-technology-helped-them-fight-oppressive-governments 

Wired Magazine
“No limits: How Roya Mahboob fights inequality with education”
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/roya-mahboob-coding-afghanistan

Radio Free Europe
“America’s War In Afghanistan: 15 Years, Three Stories”
https://www.rferl.org/a/afghanistan-americas-war-15-years-3-stories/28036277.html

Wired Magazine
“Roya Mahboob defied death threats to help thousands of Afghan girls learn how to code”
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/roya-mahboob-girls-tech-taliban

Aljazeera
“In a world of no boundaries, Roya Mahboob aims to bridge the gap between school-based education and real jobs.”https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/06/afghanistan-technology-empower-women-160627072231078.html 

Salon Magazine
“If we did not protest, no one would punish those men”: A brutal murder, a sham trial, and justice denied in Kabul
https://www.salon.com/2015/08/16/if_we_did_not_protest_no_one_would_punish_those_men_a_brutal_murder_a_sham_trial_and_justice_denied_in_kabul/

Politico
Inside the heroic effort to bring the internet to young women in Afghanistan
http://theweek.com/articles/581231/inside-heroic-effort-bring-internet-young-women-afghanistan

Salon Magazine
“Only when a woman makes her own money does she have her rights”: The importance of digital literacy in Afghanistan
https://www.salon.com/2015/05/10/only_when_a_woman_makes_her_own_money_does_she_have_her_rights%E2%80%9D_the_importance_of_digital_literacy_in_afghanistan/

Salon Magazine
“One girl can be silenced, but a nation of girls telling their stories becomes free”
https://www.salon.com/2015/03/08/one_girl_can_be_silenced_but_a_nation_of_girls_telling_their_stories_becomes_free/ 

Politico Magazine
Afghan women on the march – John F. Kerry is the Secretary of State.
https://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/john-kerry-afghan-women-roya-mahboob-099969

The Daily Beast
“In Afghanistan, Roya Mahboob Connects Girls With Computers- 27 September 2012.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-afghanistan-roya-mahboob-connects-girls-with-computers

Salon Magazine
Roya Mahboob is fighting to educate the girls of Afghanistan.
https://www.salon.com/2015/03/08/if_i_teach_them_no_one_can_stop_them_roya_mahboob_is_fighting_to_educate_the_girls_of_afghanistan/

NATO’s News
“Return to hope – NATO”
http://www.returntohope.com/

Bloomberg
“Afghan Women Seek Internet’s Virtual Veil Amid Threats”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-01-09/afghan-women-seek-internet-s-virtual-veil-amid-threats

INC
“Roya Mahboob: Bringing Freedom to Afghanistan’s Entrepreneur – 27 NOV , 2013”
https://www.inc.com/roya-mahboob/how-the-internet-has-freed-afghanistans-entrepreneurs.html

Vice 
“Afghanistan’s Tech Revolution is Coming and Roya Mahboob is at the Helm”
https://www.voanews.com/a/afghan-women-help-drive-recurrent-economy/1628696.html

Radio Free Europe
“In Male-Dominated World, Afghan Businesswoman Breaks Boundaries”
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/8x44vz/afghanistans-tech-revolution-is-coming-and-roya-mahboob-is-at-the-helm

Craig Newmark
“5 Women to Watch in 2015 by Founder at craigconnects and craigslist”
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-women-watch-2015-craig-newmark/


Salon

“The importance of digital literacy in Afghanistan “ https://www.salon.com/2015/05/10/only_when_a_woman_makes_her_own_money_does_she_have_her_rights%E2%80%9D_the_importance_of_digital_literacy_in_afghanistan/