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Fawzia Koofi isthe first Afghani woman Parliament president and a noted activist for women and children's rights. She is currently a leading candidate for the presidential elections in 2014. Koofi was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. Before getting elected to Parliament, Koofi was employed by UNICEF as a Child Protection Officer from 2002 through 2004. The mother of two girls, she lives in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nadene Ghouri is an award-winning journalist and BBC correspondent.
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March 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This is an extraordinarily moving autobiography of the first lady of Afghan politics. Left to die in the sun as the unwanted 19th daughter of an influential village leader Fawzia Koofi, through an enormous amount of perseverance good luck and capitalising on her family’s political background, rose to become an advocate for women’s rights and stand against the corruption and infighting that bedevils Afghanistan.Like for Like ReadingDear Zari: Hidden Stories from the Women of Afghanistan, Zharghuna KargarThe Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years, Christina Lamb