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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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Chadari Politics

Chadari Politics

Translating Perceptions into Policy and Practice

(p.276) Chapter 18 Chadari Politics
Land of the Unconquerable

Lina Abirafeh

University of California Press

This chapter explores the popular perceptions of Afghan women, investigating the book covers with chadari images to better understand how Afghan women are represented in popular media. Afghanistan is facing a unique set of development challenges: poverty, insecurity, gender inequality. Jan Goodwin's writings on Afghan women had a particular influence over perceptions Americans have of Afghan women, leading to her pivotal role in the launching of the so-called Gender Apartheid campaign. The analysis of policy texts reveals a constructed image of Afghan women, fueled by the media and popular perceptions. The liberation discourse employed in popular perceptions and popular literature has played no small part in creating a particular image of Afghan women. This image in turn contributed to the design of programs and aid interventions.

Keywords:   chadari images, Afghan women, popular media, Afghanistan, Jan Goodwin, Gender Apartheid campaign

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