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Contested TerrainReflections with Afghan Women Leaders$
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Sally L. Kitch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038709

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038709.001.0001

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Working for Women in “Postconflict” Afghanistan

Working for Women in “Postconflict” Afghanistan

(p.25) 1 Working for Women in “Postconflict” Afghanistan
Contested Terrain

Sally L. Kitch

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about the Ohio State University conference on November 17, 2005. The conference began with sessions that addressed what the leaders in the room thought life was really like for ordinary Afghan women and how they as activists were trying to address those women's needs. All attendees responded to that question from the perspective of their own work and interests, yet there was a surprising level of agreement among them. They agreed that things were indeed better for Afghan women since the Taliban had departed, and that there were still problems for Afghan women. The author was most impressed by the laser-like foci of Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani on the importance of legal reform and the need for more and better education and skill training. Both seemed fruitful paths through the complex and difficult tangle of Afghan women's needs.

Keywords:   Afghan women, women activists, Taliban, Jamila Afghani, Marzia Basel, legal reform

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