Afghanistan’s Unsung Heroes: Reflections of Afghan Women Leaders and Implications for U.S. Policy | Wilson Center
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Afghanistan’s Unsung Heroes: Reflections of Afghan Women Leaders and Implications for U.S. Policy

In Afghanistan, the future of women is highly uncertain. International troops have left the country, and Afghanistan’s new government is exploring the possibility of reconciliation talks with the Taliban. The new book Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, by Sally L. Kitch, chronicles the stories of two Afghan professional women, Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani, as they navigate both patriarchal culture and international intervention, and as they experience both immense possibilities and utter hopelessness. At this event, the two women featured in Contested Terrain will speak candidly about their experiences. The book’s author will talk about the implications of these women’s stories—and of the broader challenges faced by contemporary Afghan women—for U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

Speakers

  • Sally L. Kitch

    Regents’ Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
  • Marzia Basel

    Afghan judge and women’s legal rights activist
  • Jamila Afghani

    Afghan women’s education activist