Further Reading

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Lives of Afghan Women

Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom
Forced to flee Kabul for Pakistan, a young woman who "has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror than most people do in a lifetime" becomes a member of a clandestine organization devoted to empowering Afghan women.

The Silenced Cry: One Woman's Diary of a Journey to Afghanistan
Ann Tortajada
Determined to learn more about the lives of Afghan women and how the Taliban has changed their lives, Tortajada embarks on a journey that is both heartrending and inspiring. Her "unforgettable diary sheds new light on a crisis overshadowed by more recent world events."

Behind the Burqa: Our Life in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom
Batya Swift Yasgur
In harrowing detail, two sisters reveal the private torment of women in Afghanistan and their struggle for political rights, education, and equality.

Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan
Sally Armstrong
Amstrong, UNICEF representative to Afghanistan, details the daily hardships, struggles, and courage of women who lived under the brutal yoke of the Taliban in the 1990s.

With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
Anne E. Brodsky
Since its inception in 1977, RAWA has become a powerful agent for social and political change and has helped thousands of women overcome illiteracy, abuse, and misogyny.

Repression, Resistance, and Women in Afghanistan
Hafizullah Emadi
A scholarly study of the status of women, policies of modernization, and the struggle by revolutionary groups and women's organizations in Afghanistan.

Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future
Sunita Mehta
This groundbreaking collection of essays traces the history of women's rights and roles in Afghanistan over the past 30 years and suggests realistic solutions for post-war Afghanistan.

Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American Women in the United States
Evelyn Shakir
Drawing heavily on interviews with first, second and third generation immigrants, Shakir traces the history of Arab immigration and explores the struggle of women to find a balance between traditional Arab values and the more permissive ways of American women.

My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban
In this riveting memoir, "Latifa," a bright young woman with a promising future chronicles her family's courageous struggle to defy edicts handed down by the oppressive regime of the Taliban.