Whether or not she wins CNN's award, Razia Jan's work to educate girls in Afghanistan has already redefined what it means to be a hero.
Poverty, insecurity, a lack of trained teachers, and poorly equipped schools have begun to erode the progress Afghanistan has made in educating girls.
In Afghanistan, education for girls is crucial to the future development of the country.
Increased insecurity and waning donor interest in continuing to invest in basic services means that progress that has been made in Afghanistan could slip away--if we don't redouble our efforts.
As an organization, Oxfam America believes that to be truly effective at fighting global poverty, US foreign assistance must be driven by the needs and priorities of poor people themselves. At the end of the day, we do not do development; people develop themselves.
Oxfam's Paul O'Brien tells CNN that there is a powerful connection between the long-term development of Afghanistan and the stability of the country in the future.