The Afghan all-girl robotics team that was denied entry into the USA twice has been on a winning streak. This team of six teenage girls won the Entrepreneur Award at one of the biggest robotics festivals in the world, the Robotex festival in Estonia, which was held last weekend.

However, when trying to enter the US for the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition earlier this year, they were denied entry twice. They eventually got in with ‘intervention from the government’ and won a silver medal for courage.

According to Refinery29, Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire Senator) worked to help persuade the State Department to grant the team entry into the country before President Trump intervened. She had the following to say: ‘It was very inspirational to meet them… I was particularly interested because we tried to help in our office to work with the State Department on getting them visas. I sit in both the Armed Services Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee. And so I have followed very closely, as have so many in America, the end of the Taliban rule and Afghanistan opening up its society, getting girls in school.
‘To think they overcame all these obstacles, they finished with a silver medal for courage for what they did. They all had their medals on and they showed them very proudly. That’s a wonderful example for people around the world of what can be accomplished with commitment and support when you have the determination to do it.’
Congratulations to these outstanding young women!