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  1. UNHCR: Gender Equality and Women
  2. Human Rights Watch 2014: Women Rights Declining in Afghanistan
  3. Human Rights Watch 2014: Women’s Right Must be Steadfastly Respected
  4. Amnesty International: Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
  5. New Threat to Afghan Women: Manizha Naderi Oct 2014
  6. Country Update: The World Bank Group in Afghanistan 2014
  7. The “Ten-Dollar Talib” and Women’s Rights, 2010
  8. Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan
  9. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, August 2010, Pages 57-58: Perspectives of Afghan Women Leaders
  10. Afghan Women Under Attack After Asserting Rights
  11. Between Hope and Fear – Intimidation and Attacks against Women in Public Life in Afghanistan
  12. Empowering Afghan Women through Market Access
  13. UNHCR Afghanistan: Overall Strategic Direction and Priorities
  14. 2014 UNHCR Country Operations and Profile
  15. Rebelling Against Abuse, Afghan Women See Signs of Change – NY Times, May 27, 2014
  16. Pregnant Pakistani Woman Is Beaten to Death by Her Family – NY Times, May 27, 2014
  17. Struggling to Keep Afghan 10-year Old safe, after Mullah Accused of Rape
  18. 9 Women Who are Taking the Lead
  19. For The First Time, An Afghan First Lady Steps Into the Spotlight – NPR, February 19, 2015
  20. A Thin Line of Defense Against ‘Honor Killings’  NY Times, March 2, 2015


1. Books that Made the Best Seller List

2. Books by Afghan Authors

Shooting Kabul

N.H. Senzai
Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2010

Twelve-year-old Fadi’s parents decide to move the family to the U.S. But just as their transport arrives steps ahead of the Taliban, Fadi loses his young sister. After the Sept. 11 attacks, a photography contest offers Fadi the chance to go back to his country and find his sister.

Wanting Mor

Rukhsana Khan
Groudwood Books, 2009

Jameela, who has a cleft lip, lives in a small Afghan village. When her mother dies, her father moves the family to Kabul and marries a cruel woman who doesn’t want Jameela to learn to read and write.

3. Recommended by Age

    Early Chapter Book (ages 6-9)

 Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story

Jeanette Winter
Beach Lane Books, 2009

Nasreen hasn’t spoken a word since her parents disappeared. In desperation, her grandmother risks everything to enroll her in a secret school for girls.

Middle Grade

 Words in the Dust

Trent Reedy
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011

Zulaikha, a young Afghan girl with a cleft lip, must persevere to read and write despite the burden of her family’s needs, the demands of her step-mother, the fate of her sister, and the cruelty of other children.

Camel Bells

Janne Carlsson
Groundwood Books, 2002

Story of a 12-year-old Afghan boy during the Russian invasion of his country.

Extra Credit

Andrew Clements
Atheneum, 2009

Sixth-grade girl will have to repeat her grade unless she completes an extra-credit project—a pen pal correspondence with a boy in Afghanistan.

The Breadwinner Trilogy: The Breadwinner, Parvana’s Journey, Mudd City

Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books

Parvana, 11, must turn herself into a boy to earn money to keep her family alive.

 Thunder Over Kandahar

Sharon E. McKay
Annick Press, 2010

Best friends Tamara and Yasmine are thrilled about the new school in their Afghan village. But their dreams are shattered when the Taliban burns down the school and the girls must flee, traveling alone through a war-torn country and then separated by tragedy. Years later they reunite in England and are drawn back to their country.

Under the Persimmon Tree

Suzanne Fisher Staples
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005

Najmah finds herself alone when her father and brother are conscripted by the Taliban and her mother and newborn brother are killed in an air raid. In a refugee camp she becomes friends with an American women also waiting to go home but teacher under a persimmon tree until she can leave. Najmah decides to take a perilous journey through the mountains to find her brother and father.


   Middle Grade

 Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan

Michael Sullivan and Tony O’Brien
Bloomsbury USA Childrens 2008

From street workers to female students in newly formed academies, children who work in family businesses, and pickpockets who steal from visiting photographers, these are the faces of young Afghanis who universally wish for peace in their neighborhoods, in their country, in their lifetimes.

3. Books Recommended by Teachers