RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 664840173 LA English T1 Land of the unconquerable : the lives of contemporary Afghan women A1 Heath, Jennifer., Zahedi, Ashraf,, PB University of California Press PP Berkeley YR 2011 SN 9780520261853 0520261852 9780520261860 0520261860 AB 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.