Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Cultures of Violence / The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Cultures of Violence


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 Aug 21, 2010

Has the plight of Afghan women improved and what will happen when the US leaves? — the following is just an excerpt from this article….

'Dressmaker': The next big Afghanistan book?

By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY

Updated 3/15/2011 2:27:38 PM |

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The turbulent history of Afghanistan has inspired blockbuster novels —Khaled Hosseini'sThe Kite Runner— and best-selling true stories like Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea.

  • Lemmon: Book has high praise already.

    By Jack Guy

    Lemmon: Book has high praise already.

By Jack Guy

Lemmon: Book has high praise already.

Now, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (Harper, $24.99) may be poised for similar success.

Out today, the book is backed by a perfect blend of publishing elements — a remarkable Afghan heroine, a high-profile writer, bookseller support and a marketing campaign with a celebrity roster.

Lemmon, 37, is a former ABC News journalist who is now deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. She tells the true story of Kamila Sidiqi, who in 1996, at age 19, began a clandestine dressmaking business to support her family and dozens of neighbors after the Talibanseized control of Kabul. Women were forced to quit their jobs and stay off the streets, effectively turning them into prisoners in their own homes.

Lessons learned from Iraq to Afghanistan – Women Status

you do not have to "understand" it, to understand it…..

Amina Kamal Khan, Urdu VOA News, Washington
Experts fear women are often marginalized in the discourse on the war against terror which, they say, focuses more on issues such as security and reconstruction. They believe that this period of transition in both Iraq and Afghanistan is highlighting the lessons each can learn from the other. Manal Omar, Director of the programs at the United States Institute for Peace says that women's status is still very fragile, though they are the 'glue' that holds security and reconstruction projects together. She argues passionately for Iraqi and Afghan women reclaiming their rights within the framework of the Sharia which, she says, allows them to communicate using the 'religious conservative' language of their community. Women are also using the language of politics to make their voices heard in Iraq and Afghanistan. Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations believes that security has played a key role in allowing women to participate more prominently in public spheres in Iraq though they still face great personal threat when doing so. Gail Lemmon, also from the Council on Foreign Relations, says Afghan women are already following the example set by their Iraqi counterparts to make change for their communities.

Gayle Lemmon: Libraries are a Lifeline

Author Gayle Lemmon reminisces about growing up with libraries.

Journalist and researcher Gayle Lemmon was in Helsinki on June 1-2, 2010, to discuss the role of women entrepreneurs in rebuilding Afghanistan. Lemmon met with prominent Finnish leaders, opinion-makers and journalists. Her busy schedule included roundtable sessions at Nobel Laureate President Martti Ahtisaari's Crisis Management Initiative, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finnish Women Entrepreneurs and UNIFEM-Finland. Lemmon gave a presentation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to an audience of over 60 people, including members of the Finnish Association of Women Journalists and other NGOs. Throughout her meetings and discussions, she underscored the important multiplier effects of women's empowerment in Afghanistan; even after three decades of war and harsh political realities, Lemmon sees glimmers of hope for the country through the prism of brave girls and women who are able to seize economic opportunities and break down many traditional barriers.


About rictandag @rictandag @LVHelpGro Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Republic of the Philippines 1979-1980; Financial Management training Program [FMP], G.E., Appliance Park, Louisville, Kentucky 1981-1982 Champion [two days] Jeopardy 1986 Attorney, Los Angeles, CA 1989-1995 Disabiility Rights Attorney,, Las Vegas 1998-1999 Immigration Asylum Attorney, throughout the State of Kansas 1999-2001 Supply Logistics Specialist, UPS Las Vegas, 2006- present [business] advocate for: [Gawad Kalinga, tagalog for "to give care"]
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