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.
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.
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.
When talk of "abandoning" so-called baad victims to their fate becomes a way to legitimize NATO's further involvement in Afghanistan, we should be conscious of the way "saving Afghan women" can become yet another trope for imperialism.
The voices of young Afghans and women reflect the reality of what faces them as a country and the determination to make changes than benefit all Afghans. As we continue to debate our role in Afghanistan, it's those young people that I hear, and this book strengthens their voice.
The women of Afghanistan are not silent -- they are ignored. By standing together globally, we stand to ensure that it is unacceptable to exclude women from peace talks and for government to ignore the rights of the governed.