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The first lady

“I wanted to become a doctor to serve people. I had no other goal but to save people and help them, especially women.” Dr Hajira was the first female doctor in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. When she started working at the Faizabad hospital more than 25 years ago, there were only four beds for women – and they were rarely used, since all the doctors were men. Today, she is the head of a dedicated gynaecology and obstetrics ward that treats hundreds of women every year.