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Land of the unconquerable : the lives of contemporary Afghan women

Author: Jennifer Heath; Ashraf Zahedi
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 2011
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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 settings. They address topics including food  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Heath; Ashraf Zahedi
ISBN: 9780520261853 9780520261860 0520261852 0520261860
OCLC Number: 768329185
Notes: The politics of Zan from Amanullah to Karzai: lessons for improving Afghan women's status / Sbireen Khan Burki. Between covered and covert: traditions, stereotypes, and Afghan women's agency / Margaret A. Mills. Centuries of threat, centuries of resistance: the lessons of Afghan women's resilience / Anne E. Brodsky. Don't say what, who, and when, say how: community development and women / Wahid Omar. Afghanistan blues: seeing beyond the Burqa on Youtube / Dinah Zeiger. "Women's political presence: a path to promoting gender interests? / Anna Larson. Voices of parliamentarians: four women MPs share their thoughts / Massouda Jalal ... [et al.]. Nothing left to lose: women in prison / Lizette Potgieter. Selling sex in Afghanistan: portraits of sex workers in Kabul / Alisa Tang. Between choice and force: marriage practices in Afghanistan / Deborah J. Smith. The hidden war against women: health care in Afghanistan / Sima Samar. Challenges to cripple the spirit: a midwife's experiences / Pamela Chandler. Women with disabilities: recollections from across the decades / Mary Macmakin. A question of access: women and food security / Elizabeth Stites. Psychological impacts of war: human rights and mental health / Nahid Aziz. Mending Afghanistan stitch by stitch: how traditional crafts and social organization advance Afghan women / Rachel Lehr. Rural women's livelihood: their position in the agrarian economy / Jo Grace, Adam Pain. Chadari politics: translating perceptions into policy and practice / Lina Abirafeh. When the picture does not fit the frame: engaging afghan men in women's empowerment / Ashraf Zahedi. Empowering women through education: recipe for success / Sakena Yacoobi. From both sides of the mic: women and the media / Aunohita Mojumdar. Painting their way into the public world: women and the visual arts / Lauryn Oates. A hidden discourse: Afghanistan's women poets / Zuzanna Olszewska. Hopes and dreams: interviews with young Afghans / Amina Kator
Description: xi, 393 s. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction Jennifer Heath Part I. Perceptions and Realities 1. The Politics of Zan from Amanullah to Karzai: Lessons for Improving Afghan Women's Status Shireen Khan Burki 2. Between Covered and Covert: Traditions, Stereotypes, and Afghan Women's Agency Margaret A. Mills 3. Centuries of Threat, Centuries of Resistance: The Lessons of Afghan Women's Resilience Anne E. Brodsky 4. Don't Say What, Who, and When, Say How: Community Development and Women Wahid Omar 5. Afghanistan Blues: Seeing Beyond the Burqa on YouTube Dinah Zeiger Part II. A Woman's Place 6. Women's Political Presence: A Path to Promoting Gender Interests? Anna Larson 7. Voices of Parliamentarians: Four Women MPs Share Their Thoughts Massouda Jalal, Malalai Joya, Fawzia Koofi, and Azita Rafat 8. Nothing Left to Lose: Women in Prison Lizette Potgieter 9. Selling Sex in Afghanistan: Portraits of Sex Workers in Kabul Alisa Tang 10. Between Choice and Force: Marriage Practices in Afghanistan Deborah J. Smith Part III. To Be Whole in Body and Mind 11. The Hidden War against Women: Health Care in Afghanistan Sima Samar 12. Challenges to Cripple the Spirit: A Midwife's Experiences Pamela Chandler 13. Women with Disabilities: Recollections from Across the Decades Mary MacMakin 14. A Question of Access: Women and Food Security Elizabeth Stites 15. Psychological Impacts of War: Human Rights and Mental Health Nahid Aziz Part IV. Making the Rubble Bloom 16. Mending Afghanistan Stitch by Stitch: How Traditional Crafts and Social Organization Advance Afghan Women Rachel Lehr 17. Rural Women's Livelihood: Their Position in the Agrarian Economy Jo Grace and Adam Pain 18. Chadari Politics: Translating Perceptions into Policy and Practice Lina Abirafeh 19. When the Picture Does Not Fit the Frame: Engaging Afghan Men in Women's Empowerment Ashraf Zahedi Part V. "Don't Eclipse My Happy New Moon" 20. Empowering Women through Education: Recipe for Success Sakena Yacoobi 21. From Both Sides of the Mic: Women and the Media Aunohita Mojumdar 22. Painting Their Way into the Public World: Women and the Visual Arts Lauryn Oates 23. A Hidden Discourse: Afghanistan's Women Poets Zuzanna Olszewska Epilogue: Great Expectations 24. Hopes and Dreams: Interviews with Young Afghans Amina Kator Selected Bibliography About the Contributors Index
Responsibility: edited by Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

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