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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fawzia Koofi on Leading Afghanistan into the Future

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fawzia Koofi, the nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan discusses rising from abuse and hardship to become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Her new book, The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future, describes the Russian and Taliban regimes in Afghanistan, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and attempts on her life. She also describes the future and freedoms she wants for all the women of Afghanistan.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Women in Afganistan

Monday, April 18, 2011

Malalai Joya, Afghan women's and democracy activist and author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice, talks about her work and the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Former ABC journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the true story of Kamila Sidiqi, an Afghan woman who started a dressmaking business, earning enough to eventually support her and her five siblings. In The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Lemmon recounts Sidiqi’s story: She was banned from teaching and confined to her home when the Taliban rose to power, so she created an alternative career for herself.

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The Takeaway

Afghan Women Reveal Abuse From Behind 'The Mask'

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A new Afghan television program hopes to allow women to publicly share their stories of abuse from behind the safety of an anonymous mask. The program, called "Niqab," or "The Mask,” allows many women to tell their stories safely for the first time. The masks are half-blue, to symbolize the burqa most Afghan women wear, and half-white, to stand for their innocence.

We speak to the show’s creator, Sami Mahdi.

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The Takeaway

9 Years in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 07, 2010

On October 7th, 2001, less than a month after the attacks of September 11, American and British forces entered Afghanistan seeking to disrupt terrorist activities and capture members of al-Qaida. Nine years later we look back and reflect on one of the longest armed conflicts the U.S. has ever seen. Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs joins us for the hour.

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