Friday, November 13, 2009

Women in Afghanistan

My sister forwarded me this great Washington Post article about Suraya Pakzad and Fatima Gailani, two women from Afghanistan who won awards for their work to improve the status of women and to improve the overall quality of life in Afghanistan. Read it:

Peace awards spotlight Afghan women's efforts

This article brings up some interesting points. First of all, how wonderful is ii that these women and their causes are being recognized?! Women have such a great capacity for good in their communities. Second, it reminds me of the TERRIBLE oppression and violence that women in developing countries with unstable governments and radical groups are experiencing. As the article states, Suraya Pakzad is constantly afraid for her life. These women are SO brave and noble to do what they do. Last, I think that it is very interesting that these women fear a U.S. withdrawal too early. I think that we as Americans are in many ways fed up with the war, but this article has made me reassess my feelings on the subject. Sometimes among all of the Anti-American, anti-military propaganda spewed out by the news media, I forget what amazing things America stands for- freedom, equality, opportunity, happiness- and how in the end that IS the goal: to help these countries and all of the people living within them live free of fear and oppression. The current situation in Afghanistan is not ideal I know, and it feels like things keep getting worse, but maybe in the long-run we can help the wonderful Afghan people build their country and attain those freedoms and opportunities that we as Americans should treasure, but all to often take for granted. Thoughts?

1 comment:

austin said...

Very tough questions. Now that we're there, we have a responsibility to try to help the country improve as much as possible, but the fact is that the US cannot do it for them. There's no way we can be there indefinitely, and we don't want the good guys there to grow to depend on us to stop the many bad guys. Unfortunately it's hard to tell which side some people (Karzai being a great example) are ultimately benefitting. It's obviously an extremely difficult situation, and I don't envy Obama, but I'm glad he's taking his time to weigh the options. I hope we can give the country enough time to get its act together so that it doesn't need us so much anymore.

Also, those women rock.