Insight with Fawzia Koofi: Running for president of Afghanistan

Talk February 17, 2012 7:00 PM


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Left in the sun to die as a baby because she was a girl, Fawzia Koofi has lived a life defined by struggle.

The 19th of 23 children born to a member of the Soviet backed parliament who was killed when she was four years old by the Mujahedeen, she has lost brothers and her husband to the country’s successive wars.

Elected as Member of Parliament for the Badakshan province in 2005, Fawzia Koofi has spent her life fighting prejudice and injustice

She was the first woman to be elected as Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament in the history of Afghanistan.

Despite receiving regular death threats and assassination attempts she continues her struggle to improve human rights in Afghanistan, especially for women and children and plans to run for President of Afghanistan in 2014.

Join us at the Frontline Club with Fawzia Koofi and Nadene Ghourithe co-author of the book that tells her story The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future.