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Reaching beyond sensational headlines, Land of the Unconquerable at last offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective essays, accomplished scholars, humanitarian workers, politicians, and journalists—most with extended experience inside Afghanistan—examine the realities of life for women in both urban and rural setting Reaching beyond sensational headlines, Land of the Unconquerable at last offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective essays, accomplished scholars, humanitarian workers, politicians, and journalists—most with extended experience inside Afghanistan—examine the realities of life for women in both urban and rural settings. They address topics including food security, sex work, health, marriage, education, poetry, politics, prisoners, and community development. Eschewing stereotypes about the burqa, the contributors focus instead on women’s empowerment and agency, and their struggles for peace and justice in the face of a brutal ongoing war. A fuller picture of Afghanistan’s women past and present emerges, leading to social policy suggestions and pragmatic solutions for a peaceful future.


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Reaching beyond sensational headlines, Land of the Unconquerable at last offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective essays, accomplished scholars, humanitarian workers, politicians, and journalists—most with extended experience inside Afghanistan—examine the realities of life for women in both urban and rural setting Reaching beyond sensational headlines, Land of the Unconquerable at last offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective essays, accomplished scholars, humanitarian workers, politicians, and journalists—most with extended experience inside Afghanistan—examine the realities of life for women in both urban and rural settings. They address topics including food security, sex work, health, marriage, education, poetry, politics, prisoners, and community development. Eschewing stereotypes about the burqa, the contributors focus instead on women’s empowerment and agency, and their struggles for peace and justice in the face of a brutal ongoing war. A fuller picture of Afghanistan’s women past and present emerges, leading to social policy suggestions and pragmatic solutions for a peaceful future.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Kelsey

    Each chapter in this book is written by different women who specialize in aspects of women's situations. The authors are experts in the field of development and have long experience working with Afghan women. Many of the authors are scholars who delve into the sociological reasons behind issues. One of the most encouraging passages relates to the fact that the majority of people in the communities they studied were aware of the negative consequences of certain of their traditions, but as individ Each chapter in this book is written by different women who specialize in aspects of women's situations. The authors are experts in the field of development and have long experience working with Afghan women. Many of the authors are scholars who delve into the sociological reasons behind issues. One of the most encouraging passages relates to the fact that the majority of people in the communities they studied were aware of the negative consequences of certain of their traditions, but as individuals were powerless to change them, but that these norms were open to change if it could be done as a community. (that is within the shuras or councils of elders) This is a very insightful book.

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