In a country where music and educating girls were once banned, a 17-year-old girl recently became Afghanistan's first female conductor, according to BBC News.
Negin Khpolwak is a student at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, where recently she conducted a student ensemble in a concert.
"I want Afghanistan to be like other countries in the world, where girls can become pianists and conductors."
Khpolwak's father sent her from their home in Afghanistan's Kunar province, where girls generally aren't sent to school, to a children's home in Kabul when she was nine year old, to get an education. There, in the midst of the city's violence, she was exposed to music. Khpolwak now can play the piano, as well as the traditional Afghan sarod, and she aspires to be a concert pianist and a conductor.
As big as Khpolwak's dreams may seem, they extend well beyond her own personal success. She told BBC News, "I want Afghanistan to be like other countries in the world, where girls can become pianists and conductors."
- Afghanistan's First Female Conductor (BBC)