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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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Voices of Parliamentarians

Voices of Parliamentarians

Four Women MPs Share Their Thoughts

(p.128) Chapter 7 Voices of Parliamentarians
Land of the Unconquerable

Massouda Jalal

Malalai Joya

Fawzia Koofi

Azita Rafat

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This chapter considers the mandates and concerns of the four female members of the Afghan parliament—Massouda Jalal, Fawzia Koofi, Azita Rafat and Malalai Joya—specifically addressing their experiences in government and/or the possibilities and impediments for women in political office. Powerful, violent forces continue to attack the Afghan women's movement and isolate high-profile politicians. Joya strongly believed that the only way to end the suffering of Afghan women is to completely uproot every brand of fundamentalism and ignorance, ending the rule of warlords and Taliban, and ending the U.S. occupation. Koofi established a commission to work on the issue of violence against children, notably sexual abuse. Afghan women's struggles are part of the woman's movement worldwide. No country can be successful without the complete presence of women.

Keywords:   Afghan parliament, Massouda Jalal, Fawzia Koofi, Azita Rafat, Malalai Joya, political office, Taliban, violence

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