Lima, 16, a 12th grader at a Kabul high school, translates English into Dari for local Afghans as Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks July 15 during the opening ceremony of the Peshgur School for Girls in the Khenj district of eastern Afghanistan's Panjshir province. During the ceremony, Lima also spoke with the students about her educational path. Fluent in Dari, Pashto, English and Urdu, she is currently preparing for her college entrance exams, and plans to study medicine at Kabul University. July 2009 (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Stacie N. Shafran)
Protecting Afghan women’s rights after US troops withdraw

Any new government in Kabul will likely need aid, which can be conditioned on preserving gains Afghan women have made.