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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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Addressing Afghanistan’s Problems

Addressing Afghanistan’s Problems

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Contested Terrain

Sally L. Kitch

University of Illinois Press

This chapter assesses the significance of the obstacles Marzia and Jamila identified in 2010 and 2011, which included criticisms of Afghan women leaders and the fear that their limitations would keep ordinary women's prospects from flowering in the desert of their own delayed opportunities. When the author met and spoke to the women in 2010 and 2011, Marzia and Jamila had given much thought to the strategies their country should adopt in order to address the problems it faces. In their conversations, the women offered some pointed suggestions about moving Afghanistan forward on a number of fronts. In their usual manner, their discussion combined hopes and fears, but it was increasingly clear that obstacles were casting a longer shadow over possibilities for change than they had in 2005. The author was impressed that the two women wanted to discuss strategies for change in the midst of their discouragement, but even as she clung to their positive insights, the pain in their voices as they discussed enduring obstacles was unmistakable.

Keywords:   Afghan women, Jamila Afghani, Marzia Basel, women leaders, Afghanistan

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