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Sitting Down with Olympian Lorrie Fair: Reflections on Afghanistan

Stephenie Foster | Posted 02.02.2013 | Sports
Stephenie Foster

"It takes courage to pick up a soccer ball and play despite the possibility of threats or harm to themselves or their families. They have done just that and they stand together and support each other to be able to play."

Sensitive Startups: Women and the New Wave of Connective Leadership

Jessica Bishop | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Jessica Bishop

What enables women to be so good at connecting across barriers? And with Forbes dubbing entrepreneurship "the new women's movement," what exactly is the link between connecting well and female entrepreneurship?

Women Key to Shaping Afghanistan's Future

Stephenie Foster | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Stephenie Foster

If I'm right, then Afghan women are leading the way down a path that might be rocky at times, but is leading toward a stronger future.

Betting Against the Global Trifecta

Connie K. Duckworth | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Connie K. Duckworth

From the outset, we faced an array of basic challenges. We had to figure out how to operate effectively in a gender-segregated, highly tribal, rural society with each village governed by its own complex mix of religious, legal, and local mores.

From Wall Street to the Dirt Roads of Afghanistan

Connie K. Duckworth | Posted 10.06.2012 | Impact
Connie K. Duckworth

I've learned that people everywhere want the same things for their children -- food on the table, good health, a safe environment, an education, good economic prospects, happiness, a better future than that of their parents, and peace.

The Sky As It Falls

Kathy Kelly | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Kathy Kelly

For the Afghan Peace Volunteers living in a working class area of Kabul's "Karte Seh" district, daily problem-solving requires a triage process.

Where is the justice for Afghan Women After Spending $60-billion in civilian aid?

Shaista Gohir | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
Shaista Gohir

The Afghan government depends almost entirely on foreign aid and I think it is time to say "if you want the money, you must show how you are protecting women's rights."The global public needs to ensure donor governments make that happen.

The Afghan Girl Who Was Raised Like A Boy

Posted 06.08.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan" [Sourcebooks, $15.99] by Zarghuna Kargar: As Bakhtawara...

No One Hears the Poor

Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.28.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

These women have seen no improvement in Afghanistan, and neither, they claim, has anyone they know. Poverty and the uncertainties of war seem to dictate their lives more surely than any government.

Why Afghan Women Risk Death To Write Poetry

New York Times | Posted 04.30.2012 | World

In a private house in a quiet university neighborhood of Kabul, Ogai Amail waited for the phone to ring. Through a plate-glass window, she watched the...

Patriotism and the Hero Factor

Deborah Swiss | Posted 06.13.2012 | Impact
Deborah Swiss

I have never felt more patriotic than the day I spoke before the Massachusetts National Guard and got to meet some of the men and women who serve our country today.

Finding a Role for the UN in Afghanistan

Michelle Barsa | Posted 05.27.2012 | World
Michelle Barsa

As the debates unfold over whether or not an international mediator might be required to support the Afghan peace talks, many in and out of Afghanistan have considered whether the UN might serve in this capacity.

Dollars & Skills: Women Helping Afghan Women Beat the Taliban

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

Several thousand rural, mostly illiterate women are now income-producing entrepreneurs in Afghanistan. Once again, the power of women helping women has turned a war torn territory into a peaceful profit-maker.

Seeing Past the Burqa on International Women's Day

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

On International Women's Day, please take a few moments to not just look beyond the burqa, but also to look into the hearts and minds of these special women.

The Fate of Women in Afghanistan: An International Women's Day Conversation With Zainab Salbi

Martha Burk | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Martha Burk

"Protecting women's rights, and protecting women from violence is not an isolated issue from the larger violence that is happening in the country. Violence simply starts with women but never stops with them."

The Ghost and the Machine

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan's Wardak province. She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five. His father was killed by an American bomber plane, remote-controlled by computer.

Why Sadat Set Herself on Fire

Payvand Seyedali | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Payvand Seyedali

2012-02-22-Sadatfrontjpg.jpg What did Sadat do? If suicide attempts are usually a cry for help, then these acts of self-immolation in Afghanistan should be considered roars.

Women's Rights Around The World: How Far Have We Really Come?

Nick Mills | Posted 03.19.2012 | Women
Nick Mills

In the ten long years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, during which we hoped to sow the seeds of democratic governance and equal rights for women, what have we achieved?

Fear for the Women of Afghanistan

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.18.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

As the United States begins to tidy up its affairs in Afghanistan, I have a bad feeling about the women we'll leave behind.

Afghan Women See An Opportunity At Bonn

Travis Wheeler | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Travis Wheeler

It's time for the international community to get with the program and take concrete steps -- beginning at Bonn -- to ensure women are key players in building a peaceful, prosperous, and, most importantly, inclusive Afghanistan.

'Women, War & Peace' Is a Wake-Up Call to Action

Deborah Stambler | Posted 01.07.2012 | Women
Deborah Stambler

What will women's roles in the peace process be as we move forward? Have we learned from the women of Liberia, Bosnia, Colombia and Afghanistan?

Afghanistan's Secret Weapon

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact
Abigail E. Disney

Afghanistan should give us something to crow about. It's a place where the secret to a sustainable, effective peace can be found right before our eyes. It's in half the population: Afghan women.

An Opportunity In Afghanistan: Peace Still Possible With Women's Help

Wazhma Frogh | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Wazhma Frogh

If Afghan women were provided the opportunity to lead a national dialogue, they could bring people together in a way that men haven't done.

Afghan Women at a Crossroads

Michael Soussan | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Michael Soussan

On the eve of Ramadan, Kabul is a city on the edge. Following a spike in recent attacks by Taliban forces, few city-dwellers I spoke to to held out much hope for a peaceful holiday season.

Laura Bush Fights to Get the Spotlight Back on Afghanistan

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

At a time when the news cycle has nearly forgotten the war in Afghanistan, the former first lady's goal is to put the nation and its women back in the headlines.