Is the U.S. Troop Withdrawal Bad for Afghan Women? An interview with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

July 26, 2011

In Afghanistan, there are fears that the pending U.S. withdrawal of troops will leave a vacuum for the Taliban to regain control. This could have potentially catastrophic results for many civilians in Afghanistan, especially women and girls.

But Gayle Tzemach Lemmon recently wrote a book that challenges many of our ideas about the lives of women under the Taliban. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana profiles a young entrepreneur who actually managed to prosper under the Taliban’s repressive reign.

Women finding their way around the Taliban…. Next, on Women War & Peace.

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  1. Ashley says:

    I think people’s perception is ruled by what is seeing in the media and it is clear that the media tend to broadcast the worst scenes. There are many stories like this that will never be heard and a book of this nature will halp broaden peoples outlook of the reality.
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  2. Sue Smith says:

    You want to know how to make positive changes in the lives of women in Afghanistan, then read a memoire “Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse” by Suraya Sadeed, an Afghan-American “woman who risked everything to bring hope to Afghanistan” The book has received great reviews and 5 stars.

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