By Anne E. Brodsky
With All Our power is the interior tale of this women-led underground association and their struggle for the rights of Afghan ladies. Anne Brodsky, the 1st author given in-depth entry to go to and interview their individuals and operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, shines mild at the grotesque, usually tragic, lives of Afghan girls below the most brutal sexist oppression on this planet.
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Extra resources for With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
31 Life for women in Mohammad’s time was still repressive by most measures, and his marriage to 8 to 12 wives, including one as young as 10, was certainly not progressive by modern standards. 38 “I’M THE WOMAN WHO HAS AWOKEN” 39 However, cultural and governmental interpretations and applications of Islam have often been much more restrictive in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are just some of the countries in which restrictions and violations of women’s rights are rampant and defended in the name of Islam.
The most impressive part of Payam-e Zan were the report pages. These were most important because I had lived there and had heard these reports through other ways. I was impressed by how accurate the reports were; the pages of Payam-e Zan were the only pages that reflected and reported reality. I wondered how can they do this in secret? I was also impressed by the analysis of the 22 WITH ALL OUR STRENGTH political situation…. The first time I saw it, I couldn’t believe that such an organization existed.
I told them that if he married 100 other women he still couldn’t have a son. His mother was surprised and agreed to keep him from marrying again. —Feryal On the other hand, the extremes to which family honor is protected at the expense of girls and women is also clear in another story told by these physicians, this one explicitly about life under the Taliban: A Talib came to my husband’s hospital. He was some sort of deputy in the government. He said that another Talib had raped a 9-year-old girl.