Challenges faced by Fawzia Koofi to become the first woman speaker of Afghanistan


Not many of us may have heard about Fawzia Koofi but its hard to forget her once you get to know who she is? Fawzia Koofi is the first women speaker of Afghan Parliament and now pinning her hopes on the Presidential Seat for which Elections will take place soon.

Like the country (read: Afghanistan), Fawzia’s life hasn’t been easy at all. She happens to be the 19th child from 6th wife of his father. The adversities that she had to face to reach this tipping point includes braving cold weather of Badakshan province, her father was killed by Mujahideen when she was only three years old. She lost her husband to tuberculosis while he was in prison. Fawzia was attempted to kill by Taliban on several occasions but she somehow each such incident.

In an interview given to Tehelka she responded on various questions. On one such question where she was asked about the unusual choice of competing for parliament, she responded by saying that it was part of her lineage.  As Fawzia’s father was also an MP, she decided to choose the profession. She underlined the fact that though women were not allowed to enter politics directly but she worked her way up by joining politics through social projects undertaken by these parties every now and then.

Her first political contest was in 2005 when she contested on an open seat and not that was assigned via a quota. On the education front, Fawzia was a medical student but she laments the Taliban rule of 7 years when girl education was prohibited in Afghanistan. The agony of not being allowed to study in the childhood like many other girls leaves their dreams unfulfilled, she emphasized.

Source: Tehelka

Photos: salon, tehelka, rawstory

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