Originally posted by @sonhouse
First denied visa's to come to the US since they were OBVIOUSLY terrorists, then allowed in, entered robot competition and won silver.
OBVIOUS terrorist tactics.
I have great empathy for these young women from Afghanistan.
Yet I would like to set straight some misleading impressions that casual readers may have.
"Afghanistan’s All-Girl Robotics Team Won a Silver Medal at Their Competition"
"*Though their robot was not a top finisher*, the Afghan team was awarded a silver medal
for courageous achievement, officially named the Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli Award
for Courageous Achievement, at the closing ceremonies – a recognition of how hard
they had to fight just to be there. From pushing back against sexist ideas about women
and education, to finishing the challenge despite receiving their materials later than all
the other competitors, to traveling hundreds of miles just to apply for their visas, they
had to work three times as hard for privileges that many of the other teams could take
for granted. The two other teams recognized for their courageous achievement were
South Sudan, who took the gold, and Oman, who took the bronze."
The Afghan team received a silver medal for overcoming great obstacles to participate,
not for its robot's technical merit. (In the past, there were no awards just for participation.)
"Though girl competitors at the Challenge were outnumbered 830, to 209, Al Jazeera
reports that at least five other nations were also represented by all-girl teams:
Ghana, Jordan, Palestine, the United States, and Vanuatu."
Such female participation from Jordan and Palestine may show the diminishing of sexism
in some predominantly Muslim Arab societies.
The robot competition's website shows photos of each national team (of varying sizes);
Team Hope: 3 males (Syrian refugees)
Afghanistan: 6 females
Argentina: 7 males
Australia: 3 males, 1 female
Bangladesh: 7 males, 1 female
Bolivia: 3 males, 1 female
Brazil: 3 males, 1 female
Canada: 6 males, 1 female
Chile: 4 males, 3 females
China: 6 males, 3 females
Colombia: 2 males, 2 females
Cuba: 4 males
Egypt: 2 males, 2 females
France: 3 males
Germany: 2 males, 4 females
India: 7 males
Indonesia: 8 males
Iran: 3 males
Iraq: 6 males
Ireland: 3 males, 1 female
Israel: 5 males (including a black), 2 females
Italy: 6 males
Japan: 6 males, 1 female
Jordan: 8 females (most, but not all, of whom wear hijab)
Korea (South): 5 males
Malaysia: 6 males, 1 female
Mexico: 8 males, 1 female
New Zealand, 1 male, 3 females
Pakistan: 5 males, 1 female
Paraguay: 5 males, 1 female
Peru: 6 males
Russia: 4 males
South Africa: 5 males, 1 female
Spain: 4 males
Turkey: 6 males
UK: 6 males, 2 females
Uruguay: 5 males, 3 females
USA: 3 females (2 whites and 1 Asian Indian)
Venezuela: 5 males
to be continued