WOMEN AMONG WARLORDS: Rebuilding Afghanistan - October 27th Panel
Posted on: Monday, October 26, 2009
A panel discussion moderated by: Laura Flanders, MADRE Board Member and GritTV
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 3.00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Center for Place, Culture & Politics, Skylight Room (9th floor)
Democratization in Afghanistan is ineluctably tied to realizing the rights of women as a central part of grassroots civic engagement and development. This panel presents women working on the ground in Afghanistan to reconstruct their country.
Malalai Joya, Minister of Parliament in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Joya set up a secret underground school for girls under the Taliban and, when they were toppled, ran for parliament. She is the author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice (Simon and Schuster, 2009).
Awista Ayub fled Afghanistan in 1981 for the U.S. After the fall of the Taliban, she returned to Kabul and founded the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, dedicated to nurturing Afghan girls through soccer, as described in However Tall the Mountain (Hyperion 2009).
Nasrine Gross, founder of The Roqia Center for Women's Rights, Studies and Education in Afghanistan. Professor Gross’ work is profiled in Walking the Precipice: Witness to the Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan (Feminist Press, 2009).