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With All Our Strength is the inside story of this women-led underground organization and their fight for the rights of Afghan women. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan came to Western attention in the wake of the fall of the Taliban, but its history long predates the Taliban. In 1977, in an environment hostile to women's rights and secularism, a 20-year-old woman named Meena founded RAWA to empower Afghan women and promote democracy in Afghanistan (in 1987, Meena was murdered by RAWA's opponents). Community psychologist Brodsky's groundbreaking account studies this important organization's evolution from an 11-member student group to the most powerful voice for women in Afghanistan, with thousands of volunteers. Heavily sprinkled with perceptive interviews, the book relays RAWA's story through the voices of its members and supporters, skillfully bringing to life those whose sacrifices have sustained the organization. The first writer with in-depth access to RAWA, Brodsky writes a passionate narrative of an organization that has helped its members overcome illiteracy, abuse, war and death. As Brodsky intends, RAWA emerges as a highly successful model of the resilience that, Brodsky believes, can empower women everywhere. Although RAWA's incredible story keeps the reader engaged, the book is occasionally repetitive. Brodsky also inadequately addresses one of the most fascinating aspects of RAWA-the clandestine manner in which the organization grew into a sophisticated transnational organization without infrastructure and designated leaders. However, her work stands out as a lone and important study of a remarkable organization that has transcended war, misogyny and fundamentalism and spread its message of Afghanistan's horrific history and its current reconstruction. Photos. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415950596
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/16/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne E. Brodsky is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is an expert on women and resiliency. Her accounts of RAWA have appeared in the The Washington Post and In These Times and she has been working with RAWA for more than two years.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
"I'll Never Return" xv
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 "I've Learned the Song of Freedom" Joining the Movement 13
Chapter 2 "I'm the Woman Who Has Awoken" Meena and the Founding of RAWA 27
Chapter 3 "With All My Strength I'm With You On the Path of My Land's Liberation" RAWA's History and Continued Resistance 58
Chapter 4 "I've Opened the Closed Doors of Ignorance" Education as Revolution 103
Chapter 5 "My Voice Has Mingled with Thousands of Arisen Women" Running the Movement 151
Chapter 6 "Oh Compatriot, Oh Brother" Male Supporters 191
Chapter 7 "I've Been Reborn Amidst Epics of Resistance and Courage" The RAWA Life 219
Chapter 8 "I've Found My Path and Will Never Return" The Movement Continues 269
Glossary 279
Notes 283
References 297
How You Can Help 301
Index 303
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