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Biography & Autobiography Arab & Middle Eastern

We Are Still Here

Afghan Women on Courage, Freedom, and the Fight to Be Heard

edited by Nahid Shahalimi

foreword by Margaret Atwood

Publisher
Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Category
Arab & Middle Eastern, Women, Human Rights
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780735246003
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $23.00

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A collection of first-hand accounts from courageous Afghan women who refuse to be silenced in the face of the Taliban.

After decades of significant progress, the prospects of women and girls in Afghanistan are once again dependent on radical Islamists who reject gender equality. When the United States announced the end of their twenty-year occupation and the Taliban seized control of the country on August 15, 2021, a steep regression of social, political, and economic freedoms for women in the country began.
 
But just because a brutal regime has taken over doesn't mean Afghan women will stand by while their rights are stripped away. In We Are Still Here, artist and activist Nahid Shahalimi compiles the voices of thirteen powerful, insightful, and influential Afghan women who have worked as politicians, journalists, scientists, filmmakers, artists, coders, musicians, and more. As they reflect on their country's past, stories of their own upbringing and the ways they have been able to empower girls and women over the past two decades emerge. They report on the fear and pain caused by the impending loss of their homeland, but, above all, on what many girls and women in Afghanistan have already lost: freedom, self-determination, and joy.
 
The result is an arresting book that issues an appeal to remember Afghan girls and women and to show solidarity with them. Like us, they have a right to freedom and dignity, and together we must fight for their place in the free world because Afghanistan is only geographically distant. Extremist ideas know no limits.

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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. 

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Editorial Reviews

“The title says it all. The Taliban may try to make Afghan women disappear, and the world may be distracted by crises in other places, but the women who have been the backbone of Afghanistan still exist; they have things to say and they need to be heard. We Are Still Here is an important book that brings together the voices of powerful, articulate, talented women who need to be allowed to do the work they've been called to do. It is an inspiration. It is a call to action. It is a demand for us to create a better, kinder, more just world. Thank you to all of the writers for sharing their stories.” –Deborah Ellis, #1 bestselling author of The Breadwinner

“An inspiring portrait of perseverance in the face of cruelty and injustice.” –Publishers Weekly
“An impassioned testimony to women’s determination.” –Kirkus Reviews

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