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Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future

Editat de Sunita Mehta, Fahima Danishgar
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 18 Dec 2002
Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future is a collaborative attempt to write history, to bring greater awareness to the issues of Afghanistan and Afghan women, and to promote the agency of Afghan women in issues that impact their lives. The book includes a variety of female voices, highlighting a unifying desire to come together as women and share, network, and strategize for change. This desire is focused on Afghan women but is also about global sisterhood and about the importance of feminist activism on an international level. "Women for Afghan Women," a group comprised of both Afghan and non-Afghan women, was formed in April 2001 and is committed to the struggle for Afghan women's human rights.
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ISBN-13: 9781403960177
ISBN-10: 1403960178
Pagini: 240
Ilustrații: 16 pp. b/w illus.
Dimensiuni: 139 x 209 x 17 mm
Greutate: 0.23 kg
Ediția: 1. Aufl. 2002.
Editura: Palgrave MacMillan
Locul publicării: Basingstoke, United Kingdom


Afghanistan: Truth and Mythology - Foreword by S.Wali
Together, Centered in Community, We Take on the World - Introduction by S.Mehta & H.Mamoor
Women Have No Name in That Land - Poetry by F.Rahzogar Barlas
Afghan Women: An Allegory - F.Amirzada
Looking Back, Looking Forward - Section One Introduction by E.Smeal
Women and Equality in Islam - S.Nadim
The Zan of Afghanistan: A 35-Year Perspective on Women In Afghanistan - A.Lederman
Excerpts From An Apostles Diary - Liz Gould and P.Fitzgerald
The Kaleidoscope of Memory - G.Steinem
The Mission of RAWA: Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights - W.Mansoor
The Loya Jirgah or Grand Assembly Tradition in Afghanistan: Will the Formation of a Loya Jirgah Empower Women and Solve the Crisis in Afghanistan? - S.Amiryar
A Vision of Justice, A Vision of Equality, A Vision of Peace - F.Vorgetts
The Role of Women in Afghanistan's Economy - H.Kazem
Miss Afghanistan: A Story of a Nation - Z.Yusuf Daoud
History, Faces, Transplanted Lives - Photoessay by L.Pallotta
In Mourning of My City; Scream (Faryad) - Poetry by A.Gaheez
On Making Political Change - Section Two Introduction by R.Messinger
The Role of the U.S. Women's Movement in Supporting the Afghan Women's Struggle: A Muslim Perspective - R.Hassan
United Nations Activities for Afghanistan - A.King
Women are Opening Doors: Security Council Resolution 1325 in Afghanistan - F.Hill & M.Aboitiz
I Hope This Letter Will Reach You - I.Lieberman
Afghanistan: A Public Health Disaster - Z.Rasekh
Two Identities, One Mission - F.Nawa
Hope In Afghanistan - M.Sultan
From Pawns to Principals: The Future of Afghan Women - Epilogue by R.Amiri


'Throw away clichéd ideas of Afghan women as passive, silent victims cowering under their burqas. The voices collected here - energetic, passionate, knowledgeable and wise - are the ones the world needs to hear if Afghanistan is to achieve real peace and solve its many problems.' - Katha Pollitt, Nation columist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

'This stimulating collection gives a voice to women whose voices have been shrouded in silence. To read the words of many of these remarkable women is to understand the truth behind-and beyond-the burqa.' - Shashi Tharoor, Author and Head of the Department of Public Information, United Nations

Praise for the Women for Afghan Women Conference, November 27th & 30th, 2001, New York City: 'Throughout history, we have seen, and regrettably today we still too often see, one group violating the human rights of another because of racial, ethnic, religious or tribal conflicts. Let us not make the mistake of overlooking women at the dawn of this new opportunity in Afghanistan. We must do everything we can to hear from Afghan women personally, and not through secondhand sources, about their hopes and dreams for a new Afghanistan. Let us not forget that women were incorporated throughout Afghan society prior to the repression of the Taliban.' - Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Senator

'I honor the important and urgent work you are doing, and send it blessings and love.' - Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

'I write to salute you for launching an organization that will pursue one of the worthiest causes on earth: a brighter future for the women of Afghanistan. I look forward to working closely with WAW to help that happen and couldn't be more excited about it.' - Carolyn Maloney, Member of Congress
'Sunita Mehta, co-founder of an international organization with the same name as the title, has collected writings by a variety of women to provide an antidote to Western arrogance.' - The Washington Post

'This excellent and timely collection of essays illuminates many issues of pressing importance. Over the last few months many people have spoken on behalf of Afghan women; this book serves the invaluable function of allowing them to speak for themselves.' - Amitav Ghosh, author of The Glass Palace

' important primer for American women who, like myself, feel the need to do something...' - Awakened Woman

'This book besides being timely is an excellent compendium of brief but insightful articles on women's situation in Afghanistan.' - South Asian Women's Network,

'...this excellent collection...provides both basic information for a newcomer...and sophisticated critiques...' - Amy Zalman, Women's Review of Books

'A very valuable addition to the spate of recent works on Afghanistan.' - B. Tavakolian, Choice

Notă biografică

SUNITA MEHTA is the co-founder of "Women for Afghan Women," director of grants at "The Sister Fund" in New York City and on the board of "SAKHI," a South Asian Women's Center for Anti-Violence Education.


1 Only book to trace the history of women's rights and roles in Afghanistan over the past 30 years with realistic solutions for post-war Afghanistan
2 Distinguished contributors like GLORIA STEINEM, founder of Ms. Magazine; SAIRA SHAH, Afghan journalist who made the CNN documentary Beneath the Veil; ELEANOR SMEAL, president of 'The Feminist Majority,' and others
3 High profile endorsers include Angela Davis, Ruth Messinger, Eve Ensler, Sonia Sanchez, Amitav Ghosh. Endorsements expected from Hillary Rodham Clinton, Carolyn B. Maloney, and Barbara Boxer