Farkhunda, A Long Term Vision

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Guest Post by Kawsar Hosseini (@kaw_sarr), who writes at the blog East-West Bridge. The story of the lynching of Farkhunda, a woman accused of burning the Quran in Afghanistan, has been widely covered by media in recent days. Among those who have written about the lynching are many Afghans.In a Guardian article, Frozan Marofi, one of the women who went to the burial of Farkhunda calls her “this martyr of Afghanistan” while BBC Afghan's Karim Haidari writes of why he is “ashamed to be a ma … [Read more...]

Friday Links

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A group of Afghan men have marched through the capital Kabul in burkas to draw attention to women's rights.A group of Afghan men have marched through the capital Kabul in burkas to draw attention to women's rights. Pakistani group "No Guts, No Heart, No Glory" hopes to change the way some media outlets depict Muslim women as oppressed and subservient, weak victims, or jihadi brides. Yasmeen Kamel writes about hiring policies that target Muslim women in the US, and discusses the court case … [Read more...]

Book Review: I Am the Beggar of the World

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Last month, I looked at Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy’s work profiling Afghan women poets particular form of poetry, the landay. Their work, as they presented it in an article on Slate, came across as nuanced and reflective (my own words) of Afghan women’s experiences. I was eager to review their book, I Am the Beggar of the World, which is available this month and was kindly provided by the publisher.Griswold worked with Pashtun women translators to find and present poems that would t … [Read more...]

Words and Images of Afghan Women Poets

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Earlier this month, Slate featured a photography-poetry project, “The Secret Lives of Afghanistan’s Female Poets.” The photography-poetry collaboration stems from the work of journalist Eliza Griswold and photographer Seamus Murphy, who reported “Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry” for the New York Times magazine in 2012. Griswold and Murphy’s work will be published in a book, I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, next month.In the New York Times articl … [Read more...]

Afghan Women Post-American Occupation and the Saviour Discourse

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After the almost 12-year American occupation, there has been a lot of speculation on the future of Afghanistan. While some have deemed the war “unwinnable”, others have talked about responsibility specifically in terms of Afghan women. Upon the close withdrawal of American forces (if they do not delay it again), Canadian and American media articles continue to inquire on the future of Afghanistan without Western guidance.In an attempt to justify the importance of Western presence in Afg … [Read more...]

Muslim Women In The Eye of the Camera

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In a short interview in The New Yorker this past September, American photographer Lynsey Addario, who has covered the Middle East and South Asia for over a decade, talks about her experience photographing Muslim women:“The more I photographed Muslim women, the more I was able to metaphorically strip away the burqas and hijabs, and start chipping away at the profound misconceptions that existed in other parts of the world about these women and their culture.” The language used here has bec … [Read more...]

Films by Afghan Women Tell Real Stories of Struggle, Patience, and Hope

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Women in Afghanistan tend to be depicted as enigmatic objects that defy human comprehension. Media sensationalism and selective reporting bear some of the blame. But thanks to projects like an Afghanistan-based Community Supported Film workshop that trained men and women on how to tell the stories on film, Afghan women are now also using media to represent themselves.The project, named The Fruit of Our Labor produced ten short films that feature different aspects of Afghans’ daily lives. … [Read more...]


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