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Is this woman Afghanistan's next president?

October 24th, 2012
06:15 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Fawzia Koofi would like to be the next president of Afghanistan. But that is nearly inconceivable, because Koofi is a woman.

The Taliban has tried to kill her multiple times.  When she travels for her work as a member of Afghanistan’s parliament, she leaves goodbye letters for her two daughters, in the event that she does not return.

“We need to start thinking about changing our mindset,” Koofi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “Still there is this wrong understanding of culture and tradition.  But that’s a fight.  One has to take on the risks and go for it.”

Just one in ten Afghan women are literate, though the literacy rate is three times higher than it was in 2001.

And after 11 years of coalition troops in Afghanistan, A woman can still be routinely executed by the Taliban for even the suspicion of associating with a man who is not her husband. FULL POST


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