Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders by Sally L Kitch

By Sally L Kitch

Sally L. Kitch explores the situation in modern Afghan women’s lives by means of targeting awesome Afghan specialist ladies engaged on behalf in their Afghan sisters. Kitch's compelling narrative follows the tales of pass judgement on Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani from 2005 via 2013, offering an oft-ignored point of view at the own lives of Afghanistan's girls. Contending with the complicated dynamics of a society either present process and resisting swap, Basel and Afghani converse candidly--and critically--of issues like overseas intervention and patriarchal Afghan tradition, shooting the ways that large probability alternates and vies with utter hopelessness. Strongly rooted in feminist concept and interdisciplinary old and geopolitical research, Contested Terrain sheds new mild at the fight opposed to the robust forces that impact Afghan women's schooling, health and wellbeing, political participation, livelihoods, and caliber of existence. The booklet additionally indicates how a brand new discussion should be started--in which ladies from throughout geopolitical barriers may well locate universal reason for switch and rewrite their collective stories.

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Is your knowledge and your economy. Because you don’t worry if you are married or not.  . ” Marzia was also concerned that Afghan women do not believe they should stand up for themselves.  .  .  . [or] the economy” to oppose that opinion. Without economic empowerment, education, and gender sensitization—for both men and women—Marzia thought women would mostly be left out of social reconstruction. Even in her unusual position, Marzia had encountered the very attitudes that she believed would prevent women from assuming true leadership in Afghan society.

Because these women were comfortable in the international arena, they were especially cheered by foreigners’ interest in Afghan women’s situation, despite the obvious blunders by foreign powers that had hampered true progress. The conference began with sessions that addressed what the leaders in the room thought life was really like for ordinary Afghan women and how they as activists were trying to address those women’s needs. All attendees spoke to that question from the perspective of their own work and interests, yet there was a surprising level of agreement among them.

There was a shortage of professional teachers, especially female teachers. Most important for girls was the difficulty of getting family members to allow their education. The girls were still getting married at early ages. ” One example? Where to build schools in the first place. Jamila also emphasized that education is only the beginning of social reconstruction in Afghanistan. Afghan women also had health and security problems, economic problems, and social participation problems. Even more depressing to her were the killings of women who were working outside of their homes.

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