A Woman Among Warlords Essay Assignment

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A Woman Among Warlords 1 A Woman Among Warlords Essay Assignment Alyssa Garr Professor Ewig, TA: Becky Schewe Women, Social Institutions and Social Change University of Wisconsin-Madison 6 December 2010
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A Woman Among Warlords 2 “RAWA believes that freedom and democracy can’t be donated; it is the duty of the people of a country to fight and achieve these values. Under the US-supported government, the sworn enemies of human rights, democracy and secularism have gripped their claws over our country and attempt to restore their religious fascism on our people”(RAWA 2010). United States citizens are not seeing the whole picture of what is going on in Afghanistan. The media has been portraying orientalism in every aspect possible. For example, the media depicts women as needing to be “saved”. However, that is not all. The media is also exposing Afghanistan as an uncivilized nation that needs to be rescued by the “heroic” United States. As expressed by Malalai Joya, “Afghans are sometimes represented in the media as a backward people, nothing more than terrorists, criminals, and henchmen. This false image is extremely dangerous for the future of both my country and the West. The truth is that Afghans are brave and freedom-loving people with a rich culture and a proud history. We are capable of defending our independence, governing ourselves, and determining our own future”(Joya 2009, 4). Women of Afghanistan have a rich history of brave women martyrs like Malalai Joya who have not received the recognition that they so rightly deserve. In spite of the exaggerated orientalism in the United States media and the lack of Afghanistan’s sense of nationalism, women of Afghanistan bond together in an oppressed environment. The best way to secure women’s rights is for Afghanistan
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