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. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Wow, I feel like I'm living inside that song "Double Vision". Every comment I put up is being double posted.

    May 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    We all should realize that no society is perect and some are just coming into the modern era. But we can't judge all Afghans based on isolated cases of cruelty, just as Afghans (or the world) can't judge all Americans based on the Zimmerman murder case in Florida. Only the sensational stories from individual countrys make the foreign news outlets.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Saudi Arabian Women

    For every Afghani woman abused, there are a thousand saudi women so abused. But the ~Royale House of Saud is your 9/11 buddy. So sad.
    Bannish Big Religia. Prosecute money preachers. Imprison Holy Men caught with boys. Put organized religion out of business, in other words.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Portland tony, I would be inclined to agree with you if this were an isolated case, but it isn't.
    The subjucation and abuse if women in those countries have been happening for a very long time.
    While I do not believe this is widespread, I do believe it happens much, much more frequently than actually IS reported.
    How about the woman whose family pimped her out?
    That was not so long ago.
    Women are treated like chattel there.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      You are right.....There is some irony in the fact that most towns and cities in America all have (in addition to a Walmart) shelters for abused women and children. The mark of a Truely advanced society!

      May 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Domestic Violence

    Does anyone here recalll when exactly it was bod schedules were changed in virtually every US State...doubling the amount it would cost someone jailed for beating their 'significant other'?
    Of course judges could see the wisdom in this, what with how Americans hardly ever abuse women like sauds or afghanis.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    One can ban all organized religion, but it wouldn't stop what zealots believe is to be their right: to act as they please in the name of God.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Domestic Violence

    *bond schedule...how much it costs to bail out of jail. Rates were doubled for cases involving domestic violence as a way to try and stem the nationwide tide.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Domestic Violence

    Bannishing organized religion would end the teaching of of children by religious zealots, most of who should be in jail or prison for stealing money dedicated to their own god, not to mention boy raype.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Men do use religion in their efforts to keep women stifled. Even in this country, some men, to this day, use it to try to justify their dominance over women. While we are not the animals they seem to to be in the ME, it is still a fact that religion is used by men for the purpose of controlling women.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Domestic Violence

    *whom. For example, if governments were to ban organized religion, the lie that wars are for God&Country would stop being taught at religious universities, which would no longer exist if organized religions were abolished worldwide.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Grass Roots Movement

    Lets's start our own Grass Roots movement to abolish organized religions.
    Lets see a show of hands. Who would sign a letter to Congress demanding religion be bannished.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Yes, I agree with that, partially...maybe the Christian organizations.
    It would do nothing to stem the female subjegation, and the raype of little girls, and the mutilation of little girls, in countries that do not follow the Christian teachings.
    The religions that, of course, is the subject of this article.
    It would also do nothing to the die-hard zealots, who would do the nefarious things to children, but on a less grander scale tha, for instance, the epidemic of the raype of kids by the RCC clergy.
    Evil things will be done by "men of God", whether they belong to an organized religion or not.
    As a matter of fact, horrible things will be done to children regardless if they believe in ANY God.
    It has always been, and it will most likely always be.

    I am weary.
    Good night.
    If one is going to take one of my posts to task, address me directly. Ty.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Task Taker©

    @ banasy©
    Your post has been taken.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Domestic Violence

    We need to clean up our own mess religiously speaking. If we can't even stem the tide of religious zealots in our own country who contantly proclaim "fight for God&Country" and fly a national flag where God goes, how will we ever be able to sever the tie between religion and politics in the middle east?

    May 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Grass Roots Movement

    All organized religions teach ideas that conflict with the ideas of other organized religions, all who drop their bibles come wartime and fight for god&Country!
    Erase organized religions that kill each other from the face of this earth. No more "holy Wars". No more staining the face of the true God with blood let by men and for men, even religious men.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
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