Women of Afghanistan Panel

Women for Afghan Women, a non-profit collective of Afghan and non-Afghan women committed to ensuring the human rights of the women of… read more

Women for Afghan Women, a non-profit collective of Afghan and non-Afghan women committed to ensuring the human rights of the women of Afghanistan, presents a panel discussion. A question and answer period follows the panelists' remarks.

Batya Swift Yasgur is the author of Behind the Burqa: Our Life in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom, published by John Wiley and Sons. This is the memoir of two sisters, “Sulima” and “Hala,” who fled Afghanistan twenty years apart. "Sulima’s" narrative depicts growing up in a strict Muslim household. "Hala," sixteen years younger than “Sulima,” describes growing up during the rise of the Mujihaddin and their efforts to rid Afghanistan of all western influences

Esther Hyneman is co-editor of the book Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future, published by Palgrave Macmillan. This is an anthology of essays that traces the history of women’s roles and rights in Afghanistan over the past 30 years, examines the current human rights crisis, and suggests realistic solutions for post-war Afghanistan. The essays are written by a wide variety of women, both Afghan and American.

Fahima Vorgetts grew up in Kunduz, Afghanistan. A trained scientist, she is a women’s rights activist, a fundraiser and a businesswoman. In the 1960s, Ms. Vorgetts was involved in the Women’s Democratic Organization, Afghanistan’s first formal women’s rights group. She also headed a women’s literacy program in Kabul, but fled Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion in 1979. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Location:
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
First Aired:
Mar 22, 2003
Last Aired:
Mar 24, 2003

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  • Mar 22, 2003 | 12:02pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 23, 2003 | 6:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 24, 2003 | 5:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
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