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Women of courage : intimate stories from Afghanistan /
Katherine Kiviat, Scott Heidler.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Salt Lake City : Gibbs Smith, c2007.
description
xi, 128 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1423602536, 9781423602538
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Salt Lake City : Gibbs Smith, c2007.
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1423602536
9781423602538
contents note
Homaira Habib, radio journalist -- Hanifa Jamizada, presidential election worker -- Freeshta Sadat, abused wife -- Nadera, bread maker -- Jamila Mujahid, TV journalist -- Shaima Rahmany, filmmaker -- Shagoofa Sahar, host of Good Morning Afghanistan radio show -- General Khatool Muhammad Zai, Afghan army paratrooper -- Friba Razayee, Afghan judo olympian -- Naheed Mirza, police academy graduate -- Massuda Jalal, former Minister of Women's Affairs/presidential candidate -- Shaharzad Akbar, Kabul university student -- Azima Nabi, teacher and mother of six -- Shaima Razayee, host, Hop Music TV program -- Miriam Farooq, language teacher/former underground teacher -- Shaima Aminy, burn unit nurse at Herat Hospital -- Zahra Mohammadi, divorcee -- Suraya Parlika, executive director, All Afghan Women's Union -- Huria Hessary, midwife trainer -- Mariza Tamaski, supermarket saleswoman -- Shazia Saba, office manager Bamiyan DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration) -- Abeershah, fortune teller -- Safia Amma Jan, head of Women's Affairs Office in Kandahar -- Malalai Kakar, criminal investigator in Kandahar -- Mahjan, housewife -- Pashtoon Shahna, girls' high school principal -- Fatema Kamazemyan, head of Women's Affairs Office in Bamiyan -- Farzana Wahidy, photojournalist -- Suhila Fanoos, Welayet Women's Prison guard in central Kabul -- Lailama Nabizada, Afghan National Army helicopter pilot -- Robina Moqimyar, Afghan olympic sprinter Aziza Nazari, police general, human rights department -- Mahmoda Hoseini, female mullah -- Hamida Jan, actress/refugee -- Mahgul, handicraft worker -- Marina Gulbahari, actress -- Zubaida Akbar, journalist -- Roshan Gul, bee keeper -- Parwana Ghezel, Ariana Afghan Airlines flight attendant -- Fareshta Kohistani, United Nations photographer.
catalogue key
6508489
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The biggest problem is that Afghanistan is a society for men. As it is currently set up, there is no true place for women.
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THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN are breaking out of the darkness of oppression and creating change in their society to make a better tomorrow for themselves and their daughters.Women of Courage takes an intimate look at courageous women from all walks of life who are facing the future with hope despite their nation's long history of oppression and violence. With the fall of the Taliban, free elections, and a new constitution, the women of Afghanistan suddenly had freedoms that had long been kept from them. These women-a university student, a policewoman, a housewife, a photojournalist, a filmmaker, a politician, a paratrooper, an Olympic athlete, and many others-are taking those freedoms and working to ensure that all women throughout their country are afforded their constitutional rights, including education and economic empowerment. The compelling photographs in Women of Courage introduce you to these women and unfiltered interviews let you hear the voices of women who are literally transforming the world in which they live one day at a time. Listen to their stories in their own words and be inspired by their courage and optimism. KATHERINE KIVIAT, born and raised in New York City, is a Middle East-based documentary photographer and photojournalist who has covered diverse subjects, including American Gypsies, Indian sex workers, the first free presidential elections in Afghanistan, and the Palestinian elections that brought Hamas to power in January 2006. For almost three years, Kiviat based herself in Kabul, where she taught photojournalism to women and girls and focused her photography on the changing role of Afghan women. Kiviat has worked for numerous international publications, including Fortune, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times Magazine. SCOTT HEIDLER began his journalism career at CNN Washington just before the Gulf War in 1991. He is currently a Middle East Correspondent reporting for Fox News Radio and TV. In his broadcast and print journalistic career, he has covered the politics and conflicts in Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Afghanistan. He was also based in Pakistan and Central America for feature/human interest assignments that included the National Geographic Channel. Scott has also used his skills working for humanitarian organizations in Guatemala, Kosovo, Macedonia and Mongolia. KIVIAT AND HEIDLER and their dog Tazi from Kabul are based in both Jerusalem and New York City. In 2005 they published a version of Women of Courage in Afghanistan called Parwana that was distributed to girls' high schools and women's centers in all thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan.
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THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN are breaking out of the darkness of oppression and creating change in their society to make a better tomorrow for themselves and their daughters. Women of Courage takes an intimate look at courageous women from all walks of life who are facing the future with hope despite their nation's long history of oppression and violence. With the fall of the Taliban, free elections, and a new constitution, the women of Afghanistan suddenly had freedoms that had long been kept from them. These women-a university student, a policewoman, a housewife, a photojournalist, a filmmaker, a politician, a paratrooper, an Olympic athlete, and many others-are taking those freedoms and working to ensure that all women throughout their country are afforded their constitutional rights, including education and economic empowerment. The compelling photographs in Women of Courage introduce you to these women and unfiltered interviews let you hear the voices of women who are literally transforming the world in which they live one day at a time. Listen to their stories in their own words and be inspired by their courage and optimism. KATHERINE KIVIAT, born and raised in New York City, is a Middle East-based documentary photographer and photojournalist who has covered diverse subjects, including American Gypsies, Indian sex workers, the first free presidential elections in Afghanistan, and the Palestinian elections that brought Hamas to power in January 2006. For almost three years, Kiviat based herself in Kabul, where she taught photojournalism to women and girls and focused her photography on the changing role of Afghan women. Kiviat has worked for numerous international publications, including Fortune, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times Magazine. SCOTT HEIDLER began his journalism career at CNN Washington just before the Gulf War in 1991. He is currently a Middle East Correspondent reporting for Fox News Radio and TV. In his broadcast and print journalistic career, he has covered the politics and conflicts in Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Afghanistan. He was also based in Pakistan and Central America for feature/human interest assignments that included the National Geographic Channel. Scott has also used his skills working for humanitarian organizations in Guatemala, Kosovo, Macedonia and Mongolia. KIVIAT AND HEIDLER and their dog Tazi from Kabul are based in both Jerusalem and New York City. In 2005 they published a version of Women of Courage in Afghanistan called Parwana that was distributed to girls' high schools and women's centers in all thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan.
First Chapter

A lon g way, b u t t h e j o u r ne y not d one .

WE all remember those stomach-turning television news images of Afghan women wearing robin’s egg blue, all-covering burkas executed in the Kabul stadium—their bodies falling limp and the dust kicking up on the dry fieldfrom the exiting bullet. Or we heard the stories of women being beaten on the streets of Afghanistan for infractions that seem frivolous to a Westerner—letting their hair be seen or leaving their family compound without permission.

Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-09-01:
Journalists Kiviat and Heidler have produced a sympathetic coffee-table book on exemplary Afghan women. Each of 40 women is represented by a one-page interview excerpt and a full- or two-page photographic portrait. The women's professions range from paratrooper to mullah, with some merely described as "abused wife" or "divorcee." Their social, regional, and linguistic backgrounds are not provided. Readers seeking more than a superficial sketch will wonder how the interviews were conducted (in what languages, how translated) and how the excerpts were selected for the book. The excerpts, harping on courage and aspiration, do not have enough context to convey any actual intimacy or even ease with the unnamed interviewer. The authors' intent to promote education and women's rights sometimes seems to eclipse the subtler shades of the women's own stories. Perhaps as a result, some of the women's comments seem formulaic. The photographs themselves are expressive but are not works of art. An optional selection for large public libraries or journalism collections.-Lisa Klopfer, Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This moving tribute profiles 40 Afghan women who have tried to transform their lives since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.Among those interviewed are an Olympic athlete, a TV journalist, a fortune-teller, and an abused wife. Whether urban or rural, the women all reveal a determination and courage that was hidden for years under full-length burkas and gender repression. Each interview is accompanied by a stunning full-page photograph that captures the pride each individual feels in her new life. The women's words mirror this pride and hope for a future that they know is still tenuous. Certain themes emerge again and again-the right to an education, the right to work. The book was first conceived in 2003, and an earlier version, Parwana, was published in Afghanistan's two main languages, Dari and Pashtu, and distributed to all-girls' high schools and women's centers in the country. Three of the women interviewed for the book have died-one in childbirth and two murdered. For Western teens who may not fully comprehend the courage it takes for a woman to step out-side her house, go to school, or get a job, the book shines a light on a special breed of heroines.
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"Scott and Katherine have given a voice to the girls and women of Afghanistan while providing the reader with a glimpse into an unknown world? ?I would recommend this book as a visually stunning and inspiring first step for all of us on the journey to better understand the courageous women of Afghanistan." -Debbie Rodriguez, Author, The Kabul Beauty School "Kiviat and Heidler take you on a journey through the lives of Afghan policewomen, paratroopers, artists, actresses, and scores of others who for too long have remained hidden under the burqa. The ghosts have emerged and at this moment, they are triumphant. This is a beautiful book." -Marie Brenner, Author, Great Dames: What I Learned From Older Women "In this stunning book, Katherine Kiviat and Scott Heidler reveal a reality of Afghanistan's women that is little-known in the West: that they are both incredibly diverse and deeply determined. These portraits show Afghan women as I have come to know them: capable, confident, and endlessly resilient. So often, Afghan women have been presented to the world through someone's political lens. But in this book, Kiviat and Heidler do their subjects-and the rest of us-a great service by letting the women tell their stories directly to the world." -Nancy Lindborg, President, Mercy Corps
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'Women of Courage' shares an intimate look at the inspiring women who are forging a new future in Afghanistan and playing a crucial role in the changing landscape of this turbulent nation.
Long Description
Women of Courage shares an intimate look at the inspiring women who are forging a new future in Afghanistan and playing a crucial role in the changing landscape of this turbulent nation. First-hand stories and experiences are shared in conversations with a wide array of women-from a beekeeper to a presidential candidate to an Olympic sprinter to a schoolteacher. Mesmerizing photographs accompany unfiltered interviews, giving voice to a culture of women that has been silenced for decades under the oppressive regime of the Taliban.
Main Description
In this first English edition for a worldwide audience, mesmerizing photographs accompany unfiltered conversations with a wide array of Afghan women--from a beekeeper to a schoolteacher, an Olympic sprinter and a presidential candidate--who are forging a new future in a turbulent land. Through their own eyes and words, Women of Courage provides an intimate glimpse into the stories and experiences of women who are for the first time in decades defining their own lives. An Afghan version was distributed to girls' schools and women's centres throughout Afghanistan.
Main Description
Parwana shares an intimate look at the inspiring women who are forging a new future in Afghanistan and playing a crucial role in the changing landscape of this turbulent nation. First-hand stories and experiences are shared in conversations with a wide array of women-from a beekeeper to a presidential candidate to an Olympic sprinter to a schoolteacher. Mesmerizing photographs accompany unfiltered interviews, giving voice to a culture of women that has been silenced for decades under the oppressive regime of the Taliban. Experience this transformational period through the eyes and words of the Afghan women that are-for the first time in decades-defining their own futures
Main Description
Women of Courage shares an intimate look at the inspiring women who are forging a new future in Afghanistan and playing a crucial role in the changing landscape of this turbulent nation.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. IX
Homaira Habib, Radio Journalistp. 14
Hanifa Jamizada, Presidential Election Workerp. 18
Freeshta Sadat, Abused Wifep. 19
Nadera, Bread Makerp. 22
Jamila Mujahid, TV Journalistp. 28
Shaima Rahmany, Filmmakerp. 29
Shagoofa Sahar, Host of Good Morning Afghanistan Radio Showp. 32
General Khatool Muhammad Zai, Afghan Army Paratrooperp. 36
Fariba Razayee, Afghan Judo Olympianp. 40
Naheed Mirza, Police Academy Graduatep. 41
Massouda Jalal, Former Minister of Women's Affairs?/?Presidential Candidatep. 44
Shaharzad Akbar, Kabul University Studentp. 45
Azima Nabi, Teacher and Mother of Sixp. 48
Shaima Razayee, Host, Hop Music TV Programp. 50
Miriam Farooq, Language Teacher?/?p. 54
Former Underground Teacherp. 55
Shaima Aminy, Burn Unit Nurse at Herat Hospitalp. 58
Zahra Mohammadi, Divorceep. 64
Suraya Parlika, Executive Director, All Afghan Women's Unionp. 66
Huria Hessary, Midwife Trainerp. 67
Marzia Tamaski, Supermarket Saleswomanp. 70
Shazia Saba, Office Manager, Bamiyan DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration)
Shaima Rahmany, Filmmaker
Shagoofa Sahar, Host of Good Morning Afghanistan Radio Show
General Khatool Muhammad Zai, Afghan Army Paratrooper
Fariba Razayee, Afghan Judo Olympian
Naheed Mirza, Police Academy Graduate
Massouda Jalal, Former Minister of Women's Affairs?/?Presidential Candidate Shaharzad Akbar, Kabul University Student
Azima Nabi, Teacher and Mother of Six
Shaima Razayee, Host, Hop Music TV Program
Miriam Farooq, Language Teacher?/?Former Underground Teacher
Shaima Aminy, Burn Unit Nurse at Herat Hospital
Zahra Mohammadi, Divorcee
Suraya Parlika, Executive Director, All Afghan Women's Union
Huria Hessary, Midwife Trainer
Marzia Tamaski, Supermarket Saleswoman
Shazia Saba, Office Manager, Bamiyan DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration)
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