With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

Synopsis

The members of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) have risked life and limb daily to help their tortured sisters in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 1977. Anne Brodsky, the first writer given in-depth access to visit and interview their members and operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, shines light on the gruesome, often tragic, lives of Afghan women under some of the most brutal sexist oppression in the world. An impassioned, riveting account of RAWA's 26 year struggle to build empowerment, hope and resistance among the girls and women of Afghanistan, With All Our Strength is a paean to the resilience of Afghan women and a model for women's rights organizations around the world.

Excerpt

There was a time that no pen moved to write a poem or article that reflected the realities of Afghanistan. No filmmaker made a film that showed the true oppression of our people. No country's or government's conscience was awakened enough to do anything to change the situation in Afghanistan. After too many years of knowing about our tragedy, only September 11 forced some governments and institutions to take action, claiming at this late date that they did so because they cared about Afghanistan and the liberation of Afghan women. Unfortunately this action did not cure the wounds of our people. And even as September 11 suddenly brought the world's largest forgotten tragedy to the center of attention, still most people and governments and media do not understand our reality. The tragedy of our country has been reduced to the image of the Taliban and the burqa and a narrow 5-year period of our history. But the oppression of Afghanistan and particularly Afghan women did not start with the Taliban nor has it ended with their defeat. And the image of Afghan women, silent under the shroud of the burqa, does not tell the truth of our lives nor our resistance.

This book is about the untold reality of Afghanistan, of the resistance of Afghan women, and of our organization, RAWA, which throughout all the different oppressive regimes has been unfortunately the lone independent voice of women and of all peace- and freedom-loving Afghans struggling against fundamentalism and for secular democracy, women's rights, and human rights.

RAWA as a humanitarian organization has always had our social service projects to help the downtrodden women and people of Afghanistan, but in a

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