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Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

Your in­ter­view with Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan’s first fe­male deputy speaker of the Par­lia­ment who is now run­ning for Pres­i­dency, was im­mensely in­spir­ing. The spirit of a woman who has suf­fered so much per­sonal loss and stands brave and un­wa­ver­ing in the face of nu­mer­ous threats, blew me away. It is women like Koofi, who be­come idols for South Asian women and set an ex­am­ple for oth­ers to fol­low. I was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in read­ing her for­eign and re­gional pol­icy agen­das. Through the plethora of work she has al­ready done for women’s move­ments and rights, both within the par­lia­ment and on a so­cial level, Koofi il­lus­trates that she fully re­al­izes the grave dan­ger that women will face should the Tal­iban re­turn to power. This un­der­stand­ing and mo­ti­va­tion en­able her to make her voice heard. Koofi has al­ready ral­lied up im­mense sup­port for her can­di­dacy in a coun­try that has not been kind to women in the past. This in and of it­self, is an enor­mous feat. What­ever the case may be, it is guar­an­teed that whether Koofi be­comes the coun­try’s first fe­male Pres­i­dent or stays in the Par­lia­ment and forms a strong pres­sure group, she has made her mark and has shown the women of Afghanistan, how it is done. Dunya Mehmood Philadel­phia, U.S

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