Afghan Women: Identity and Invasion by Elaheh Rostami-Povey

By Elaheh Rostami-Povey

This e-book seems at how Afghan ladies have fought repression and challenged stereotypes, either in the kingdom and in diasporas in Iran, Pakistan, the united states and the united kingdom. overlaying issues from the Taliban and the impression of September 11 to the position of NGOs and the expansion of the opium economic system, Rostami-Povey will get in the back of the media hype and offers a colourful and various photograph of those women's lives. the way forward for women's rights in Afghanistan, she argues, relies not just on overcoming neighborhood male domination, but additionally on not easy imperial domination and opposing the starting to be divide among the West and the Muslim global.

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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, African, Asian and Latin American countries were driven to adopt neo-liberalism (a free market economy, privatization and shrinking the role of the state) and open their markets to the transnational corporations (TNCs). The claim was that industrialized countries provide resources and opportunities to developing countries and these countries should take advantage of these opportunities. However, the needs of developing countries were disregarded as the powerful industrialized countries, according to their own interests, decided which resources and opportunities should be provided and ignored what developing countries needed.

They don’t understand that women are not happy that they provide work for women and not for men. It does not work like this in our culture. We want to work side by side with our men. We cannot ignore our men. ’ Nuria, Mazar-e-Sharif In October 2001 the administration in Washington, supported by the UK government, led a bombing campaign against Afghanistan. American and British forces began an aerial bombardment, targeting Taliban and al-Qaida forces in Kabul, Kandahar, Konduz, Herat and Jalalabad.

I know of an educated woman who was the head of the school of medicine at the university and was forced to marry the Taliban. They were either forced or did it out of poverty or fear. Sometimes a woman who was married to one Taliban was raped by ten other Taliban. Sometimes they were taken to outside of Afghanistan, especially to the Gulf region and were sold as sex workers. In some ways women’s situation was worse during the civil war than during Taliban rule. This is because so many women were murdered and raped by the Mujaheddin.

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