A young Afghani woman is pictured hunched over, sitting cross-legged in the dirt.
She has her head down, cradling a baby in her lap.
In her left hand, she holds a piece of paper.
The single image is being shared all over the world – because of the story it tells us about the unshakeable determination of a 25-year-old mother who will not let anything get in the way of an education.
In Afghanistan, according to a 2017 survey, 84 per cent of women are illiterate, and less than two per cent have access to higher education.
Inspiring photo from social media: this mother is taking university entrance exam while taking care of her child, in Daikundi. Afghan women are unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/lus0eeuH48
— Shaharzad Akbar (@ShaharzadAkbar) March 19, 2018
Jahantab Ahmadi, at the moment this picture was taken, was sitting an entrance exam for a social sciences program at Nasir Khusraw Higher Education Institute in central Afghanistan.
In order to sit the exam, it is believed she travelled 11 hours with her two-month-old baby, nine hours on public transport and two hours on foot.
According to an exam supervisor, once the test had commenced, her child – who was suffering from an earache – began to cry.
The mother of three stood up, and made her way to the back of the outdoor exam, so she could comfort her child while completing the paper.
She passed the test.
When Ahmadi discovered the photo had gone viral, she was confused, unaware the picture had even been taken. She was too busy caring for her baby while sitting an exam, she told a reporter.