Freedom on the Frontlines

Afghan Women and the Fallacy of Liberation

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About the Book

Afghan women were at the forefront of global agendas in late 2001, fueled by a mix of tremendous media coverage, humanitarian intervention and military activities. Conversations about “liberating” Afghan women were widespread, although women’s roles in Afghanistan have long been politically divisive, marked by struggles between modernization and tradition. The politics of Afghan women’s rights are deeply fraught and attempts to dispute or change the status quo have resulted in violence.
It may appear that we have come full circle twenty years later, in late 2021, when Afghanistan fell to the Taliban once more. Women’s rights in Afghanistan have been chipped away, and any gains—however tenuous—now appear lost. This book measures the rhetoric of liberation and details the crises and interventions that Afghani women have experienced over the twenty-year period from 2001 through 2021. Centering the voices of Afghan women, this work details how they view those interventions, and the physical and ideological occupations they have experienced in the twenty-first century.

About the Author(s)

Lina AbiRafeh has worked with issues of gender and development in a variety of countries and contexts, including Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea. She received a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in 2008 and has published widely on her experiences. She lives in New York.

Bibliographic Details

Lina AbiRafeh
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8942-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4719-7
Imprint: McFarland