Shadow Summit focusing on Afghan women; CNN reveals one woman's journey
Aesha Mohammadzai's photo on the cover of Time magazine in August 2010 became a symbol of oppression of Afghan women.
May 18th, 2012
04:42 PM ET

Shadow Summit focusing on Afghan women; CNN reveals one woman's journey

In a move to make sure Afghan women’s issues are not forgotten during the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago, Amnesty International USA is hosting on Sunday a Shadow Summit to focus exclusively on the rights of Afghan women and girls.

The summit will culminate with attendees gathering at Chicago’s Navy Pier to fly kites in support of Afghan women’s rights.

The concern of those who will attend the summit is this: What happens to Afghan women and girls after the United States and allied forces move to withdraw in 2014?

The question about what the troop withdrawal will mean for women and girls in war-torn Afghanistan is not new. It was the question posed on the cover of Time magazine in August 2010, next to the photograph of a young woman who became the symbol of the oppression of Afghan women.

The award-winning image was that of Aesha Mohammadzai, then known as Bibi Aisha. Forced into marriage at a young age, her Taliban husband and in-laws punished her for running away by hacking off her nose and ears and leaving her for dead.

She was brought to America for reconstructive surgery in August 2010. But what has happened to Aesha since she arrived nearly two years ago?

Coming Sunday, CNN’s Jessica Ravitz will answer this question in an exclusive story that traces Aesha’s complicated journey.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Illinois • Taliban • World
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  1. Far right zealots vs. Far left gaylots?

    It's not just the far right 'moral majority' causing all the problems either. What of the far left 'immoral minority'? Would not both exremes need to be abolished for there to pe beace?

    May 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @Cold Play

    If the religion is abolished, it goes withour saying we would burn their books too.
    Only those who viewed God as ruler RATHER than men would still have their bibles, even risking their lives to hang on to their bibles.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cold Play

      Then the slippery slope begins, now doesn't it? The "true believers", those who hang on to the book of justification, will start an underground study, which will turn into martyrs, which will turn into a bigger movement, which will turn into the same old stuff we are seeing now. It won't stop. If one could keep their views to themselves, it would be one thing, but that does not, will not happen, and we'll be right back where we are now.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cold Play

    Who says they are immoral? A book. Get rid of the book that says that and you get rid of the problem.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zealots vs Gaylots

    Garden Grove CA would have to pass laws bannishing the Crystal Cathedral from teaching their b/s, for example.
    Another example would be North Hollywood making it illegal for a gay jew from producing movies espousing the goodness of hom ose xual activities.
    Would you like to post another example?

    May 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bubba in Mineola TX

    Yep. Got me anutha fine 'xample right heayah in Mineola. We got areselves two Baptist churches. One for blacks just accross the old rairoad tracks south o' town, and the white one in town catty-corner from the park.
    Mineola would be ending that mess once religion is outlawed.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jance

      Unless there is something posted prohibiting the different races from entering the churches, Bubba, this doesn't mean a thing. We have the very same thing in in my city. So?

      May 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cold Play

    Although I agree with the books being banned, you have just given me a better understanding of what you think about gay people.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cold Play

    Post another example of what? I now see the direction you are veering towards, and it has nothing to do with what we were discussing earlier. I have no interest in indulging your desire to post a diatrabe against gay prople. Have a pleasant afternoon.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TriXen

    The people Obama wants to "negotiate" with are the same people that brutalized this woman and so many others. How could any decent human being–let alone an American–even CONSIDER giving them the time of day??? Death to them all!!!

    May 20, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Have you ever heard,"keep your friends clse, and keep your enemies closer"? The more exposure of them, the more they will be focused on, the more focus, the more people will fight against them. Women will hear of this womans independence and will want it for themselves, many drops make a trickle, many trickles make a river, and a force that cannot be dammed.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    Instead of throw them away, put the books into what we can do to help our human race. Since we are all imperfect we need to muddle thru this with a clear heads and logic. Women need to get men out of their lives that are abusive. We need to teach our daughters that their life is worth fighting for. Instead of being a princess they need to be warrior princesses' and advocates for themselves.
    This young lady proves that natural will to survive is great, act on it and you can win.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
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