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Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan

The Martyr Who Founded RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

Melody Ermachild Chavis

St. Martin's Press

Meena founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan in 1977 as a twenty-year-old Kabul University student. She was assassinated in 1987 at age thirty, and lives on in the hearts of all progressive Muslim women. Her voice, speaking for freedom, has never been silenced. The compelling story of Meena's struggle for democracy and women's rights in Afghanistan will inspire young women the world over.

Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan is a portrait of a courageous mother, poet and leader who symbolizes an entire movement of women that can influence the fate of nations. It is also a riveting account of a singular political career whose legacy has been inherited by RAWA, the women who hold the keys to a peaceful future for Afghanistan. RAWA has authorized this first-ever biography of their martyred founder.

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Praise for Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan

"Meena: a life, a country, Afghanistan, a woman's life, women's lives, bravery, and determination to educate girls and young in the face of the cruelest oppression. After Meena's murder, the women inspired by her, despite great danger, continue the work. An important book."
Grace Paley

"Melody Ermachild Chavis has written a deceptively simple, clear, and absolutely stunning portrait of a selfless revolutionary and of the organization of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, which she founded. Meena, inspires, humbles, and haunts us. Ultimately, Meena compels us to act—for peace and justice, for democracy, and, above all, for the liberation of women. Please read this book. It is a gift from the women of Afghanistan to the women of the world."
Bettina Aptheker, professor and chair of the women's studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz

"This is an interesting and useful account of the struggle waged by a young Afghan woman against religious fundamentalism in Afghanistan. The United States government encouraged and supported the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden in the struggle to 'contain' Soviet expansion for a number of years. Meena was a victim of religious fundamentalism, but also of big power interests."
Nawal El Saadawi, author of A Daughter of Isis and Walking Through Fire

"Timely biography conscientiously detailing the brief but courageous life of the young woman who founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). . . A vivid celebration of a contemporary heroine."
Kirkus Reviews

"A vivid celebration of a contemporary heroine." —Kirkus Reviews

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  • Melody Ermachild Chavis

  • Melody Ermachild Chavis is the author of Altars in the Street (Bell Tower), and works as a private investigator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan to interview women who knew Meena.
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    Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan

    The Martyr Who Founded RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

    Melody Ermachild Chavis

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