Making Change By Leaving Home

by
Abby Zimet

Though she is regularly tailed, harrassed, and threatened with
death or disfigurement by acid, a 34-year-old, nine-months-pregnant
Afghan doctor and mother of four still campaigns
for re-election to one of the few provincial council seats open to
women. Though the councils have limited power, Zaiba Habib Durrani has
used her post to advocate for women, literacy and health programs. 

 "The
right to rebuild this country doesn't belong exclusively to men," she
says. "If we are afraid and sit at home, then we can do nothing for
women's rights."

 

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