The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future [NOOK Book]

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The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose to become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a ...

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Overview


The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose to become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a series of poignant letters she wrote to her two daughters before each political trip—letters describing the future and freedoms she dreamed of for them and for all the women of Afghanistan.

Her story movingly captures the political and cultural moment in Afghanistan, a country caught between the hope of progress and the bitter truth of history.



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Koofi, Afghanistan’s first female parliament deputy speaker, tells her heartbreaking life story and, through the letters she writes to her two daughters, shares her hopes for their future, which are interspersed throughout the book. The unwanted 19th daughter of an MP of Badakhshan—one of the country’s poorest, wildest, and most remote provinces—Koofi learns early on how difficult it is to be female in Afghanistan’s patriarchal society, where wives of poor rural farmers are considered less valuable than the goats they tend. She grows up among her extended family (until her father’s assassination in 1978 results in her eventually moving to Kabul with her mother and becoming the first girl in her family to attend school). Set against Afghanistan’s war-torn history—the invasion of the Soviets, the mujahedeen’s civil war, the brutality of the Taliban—Koofi’s amazing life reveals itself in a series of candid chapters. Coming of age as the Taliban takes control, she’s forced to interrupt her medical studies and witness her country’s regression to the “Dark Ages.” She flees to her native province, eventually becoming an MP in Hamid Karzai’s new government, where she represents the same people her father did. Highlighting the resilience, values, and culture of the Afghan people, this moving narrative provides an evocative portrait of a battered country as it pleads with the world’s powers not to abandon the fight and risk the government’s fragile stability. (Jan.)
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"Highlighting the resilience, values, and culture of the Afghan people, this moving narrative provides an evocative portrait of a battered country as it pleads with the worlds powers not to abandon the fight and risk the government's fragile stability." —-Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Reviews
An affecting inside look at the making of an Afghan woman leader, in spite of the repression by traditional Islamic society and the Taliban. As her father's 19th child out of a total of 23, and to his second wife out of eight, Koofi learned from an early age that girls were valued very little in the harsh, mountainous, rural Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, where her father was a tribal leader and member of Parliament. In 1978, when Koofi was nearly four, her father was shot by the mujahideen, forcing the author, her mother and other relatives to flee and take refuge with her older brothers. Eventually her mother allowed her to go to school, the first girl in her family to do so. Koofi studied medicine as civil war tore apart the country. With the arrival of the Taliban in 1996, the author's dreams of going to medical school were eclipsed. Her brother, the chief of police, went into hiding, and her own new husband was periodically imprisoned. "No more progression," she writes of this desperate period, "only the darkness of the uneducated men who now ruled our land." Returned to the safety of her home province, her husband dying of tuberculosis and her two young daughters needing care, Koofi gravitated toward teaching English and community-outreach work. By 2003, with the Taliban gone and hope restored in her country, she garnered the support of her male family members to be the one to represent her district in the new Afghan Parliament. Her election and success fighting corruption and promoting women's issues have set her up as a presidential contender—and a strong leader to watch. In her final chapter, the author offers advice for the international powers overseeing her war-town nation—e.g., do not withdraw "before the job is finished." With moving letters to her daughters opening each chapter, Koofi delivers an important message.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230341883
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 201,468
  • File size: 380 KB

Meet the Author


Fawzia Koofi is Afghanistan's first female Parliament speaker and a noted activist for women and children’s rights. She is currently a leading candidate for the presidential elections in 2014 and has been quoted by the BBC, Time, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Globe and Mail, and many others. Koofi was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. Before getting elected to Parliament, Koofi was employed by UNICEF as a child protection officer from 2002 through 2004. The mother of two girls, she lives in Kabul.Nadene Ghouriis an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She is a former correspondent of both the BBC and Al Jazeera English
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Table of Contents


Prologue
'Just a Girl'
Stories of Old
The Mujahadeen
Running
A Village Girl Again
When Justice Dies
The War Within
Losing Her
One Ordinary Thursday
Retreat to the North
Everything Turns White
A Taliban Wedding
An End before a Beginning


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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    What a woman

    Fawzia Koofi gives a candid account of much of her life and struggle in this moving memoir. The chapters are framed with letters she wrote to her daughters and the entire memoir portrays something of Afghan culture, history, and struggle which is missed in most news reporting. This book says so much about being a daughter and woman in a male-dominated world, the importance of family and heritage, the importance of education, the diversity within the Muslim faith, struggle for power versus the desire to lead and serve as well as about Afghanistan. Highly recommended.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Intriguing and beautifully told

    An intriguing and beautifully told story of a woman's experiences in the many faces of a changing Afghanistan.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Amazing! High recomendation

    I found this book to be an inspiring account of survival and triumph. It is very violent and full of heartbreak. The author has tremendous honesty, courage, and will power. I learned alot about Afghan culture and modern history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book

    The author writes about her struggles growing into womanhood in a not to female friendly society. She also talks about the misconceptions of her Islamic faith personified by men who are power hungry. She also talks of her fight for humanity as a whole, especially for her Afghan people. The book speaks to the resolve and strength of women. I am woman therefore I really enjoyed this book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Inspiring

    Not only was this book beautifully written but, it gives you such an awe inspiring look into Fawzia's life & struggles. This book truly moved me and showed me a new aspect on not only the struggle of women in Afghanistan but also, the struggle of repressed women around the world. Ms. Koofi is truly an inspiration and a warrior. I thank you for sharing your words with the world. I sincerely hope you write another.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    A phenomenal and necessary read for men, women, girls, boys, and

    A phenomenal and necessary read for men, women, girls, boys, and people of all walks of life. Ms. Koofi has much to teach the world. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Engrossing and educational

    Great read! I learned so much about Afghan culture that I never knew! I am rooting for you Fawzia!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Very disappointing. Its been written very badly. not worth the m

    Very disappointing. Its been written very badly. not worth the money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Great

    I appreciated this voice. It gave a different voice to the history and current political landscape of Afghanistan. I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Great

    Very good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Good book

    I found this to be a tremendous book. I hope more people read about her journey, I believe more people will generate a different perspective on Afghanastan when they finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Great story but not well written. 

    Great story but not well written. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. As difficult as the struggles have b

    I really enjoyed this book. As difficult as the struggles have been for Afghanistan and the people who live there, I am In awe of their kindness, and generosity, as portrayed in Ms. Koofi's book. I hope and pray Afghanistan is on the road to recovery.

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