Favored Daughter One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future

ISBN-10: 0230342027
ISBN-13: 9780230342026
Edition: 2013
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Description: As America prepares to draw down its forces in Afghanistan, this story of survival and hope from a voice of the country's most oppressed group could not be more timely. Born to the second of her father's seven wives in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia  More...

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 4/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

As America prepares to draw down its forces in Afghanistan, this story of survival and hope from a voice of the country's most oppressed group could not be more timely. Born to the second of her father's seven wives in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi's mother—who had hoped for a son—left her to die in the sun after birth. But despite a childhood of abuse and deprivation in a notoriously sexist society, she rose above her fate to become the first female Speaker of Parliament. Along the way, she faced the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a series of poignant letters she wrote to her two daughters before each political trip—letters describing the future and freedoms she dreamed of for them and all their countrywomen. This eloquent memoir pleads for the world to recognize the politically devastating consequences if a frustrated American military relinquishes the country to the Taliban, undoing all the fragile progress of recent years.

Fawzia Koofi is Afghanistan's first female Parliament speaker and a noted activist for women and children's rights.

<b>Nadene Ghouri</b> is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She is the co-author of <i>The Favored Daughter</i>. She is a former correspondent of both the BBC and Al Jazeera English.

Prologue
Stories of Old
"Just a Girl"
A Terrible Loss
Running
A Village Girl Again
When Justice Dies
The War Within
Losing Her
One Ordinary Thursday
Retreat to the North
Everything Turns White
A Taliban Wedding
An End before a Beginning
The Darkness Pervades
Back to Where I Began
A Daughter for a Daughter
The Darkness Lifts
A New Purpose
A Movement for Change
A Dream for a War-Torn Nation
A Historical Timeline of Afghanistan
Acknowledgments
Index

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