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The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan Into the Future

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As America prepares to draw down its forces in Afghanistan, this story of survival and hope from a voice of the country's most oppressed group could not be more timely. Born to the second of her father's seven wives in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi's mother—who had hoped for a son—left her to die in the sun after birth. But despite a childhood of abuse and deprivation in a notoriously sexist society, she rose above her fate to become the first female Speaker of Parliament. Along the way, she faced the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life. 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 all their countrywomen. This eloquent memoir pleads for the world to recognize the politically devastating consequences if a frustrated American military relinquishes the country to the Taliban, undoing all the fragile progress of recent years.

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"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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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 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.

About the Author

Fawzia Koofi is Afghanistan's first female Parliament speaker and a noted activist for women's and childrens 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 Ghouri is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She is a former correspondent of both the BBC and Al Jazeera English

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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afp, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by afp)
Each chapter is prefaced with a letter to her daughters and builds the path of her life from birth to becoming a Parliament Speaker in Afghanistan - a journey filled with sweet memories, danger, loss, perseverance, and hope, highlighted with the lessons and examples for her daughters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780230120679
Author:
Koofi, Fawzia
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Gourhi, Nadene
Author:
Ghouri, Nadene
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
, World | Asian
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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History and Social Science » Asia » Afghanistan
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Human Rights
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » World History » Afghanistan and Pakistan
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

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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