The Reading / Listening - Birth Certificates - Level 0

Women in Afghanistan have one more right. The names of mothers can be put on their children's birth certificates. Before, only the father's name was allowed. Campaigners started a social media campaign for this in 2017. In Afghanistan, a woman's name is often not included on wedding invitations.



Afghanistan said the law was "a big step forward for women's rights". A campaigner said a mother can now put her child in school and travel, without a man being there. Another campaigner said her happiness may seem strange for women in other countries, but getting this right was a big thing.

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Sources
  • https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/mothers-in-afghanistan-can-now-have-their-names-included-on-their-childrens-birth-certificates/
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-18/afghan-government-passes-law-mother-name-birth-certificate/12634162
  • https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/afghan-president-approves-inclusion-of-mother-s-name-on-id-cards/30845572.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Women in
  2. have one more
  3. The names of
  4. put on their children's
  5. only the father's name
  6. started a social media
  7. a woman's name is often not
  8. wedding
  1. invitations
  2. mothers
  3. campaign
  4. included
  5. birth certificates
  6. Afghanistan
  7. was allowed
  8. right

Paragraph 2

  1. the law was a big step
  2. women's
  3. A campaigner said a
  4. put her child
  5. travel without a
  6. her happiness may seem
  7. women in other
  8. getting this right was a big
  1. in school
  2. forward
  3. countries
  4. mother can
  5. strange
  6. rights
  7. thing
  8. man being there

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Women in Afghanistan (1) ___________________ right. The names of mothers can (2) ___________________ their children's birth certificates. Before, (3) ___________________ name was allowed. Campaigners (4) ___________________ media campaign for (5) ___________________. In Afghanistan, a woman's name is often (6) ___________________ wedding invitations.

Afghanistan said the law was "a (7) ___________________ for women's rights". (8) ___________________ a mother (9) ___________________ her child in school and travel, without a (10) ___________________. Another campaigner said her happiness may seem strange for women (11) ___________________, but getting this right was (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WomeninAfghanistanhaveonemoreright.Thenamesofmotherscanb
eputontheirchildren'sbirthcertificates.Before,onlythefather'sname
wasallowed.Campaignersstartedasocialmediacampaignforthisin20
17.InAfghanistan,awoman'snameisoftennotincludedonweddinginvi
tations.Afghanistansaidthelawwas"abigstepforwardforwomen'srigh
ts".Acampaignersaidamothercannowputherchildinschoolandtravel,
withoutamanbeingthere.Anothercampaignersaidherhappinessmay
seemstrangeforwomeninothercountries,butgettingthisrightwasabi
gthing.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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