The Advocate


Soraya Parlika didn't have to run secret schools for young women when the Taliban ruled Kabul. She didn't have to open her home for meetings on women's rights in a place that spat on the concept. She is, after all, the daughter of wealthy parents, the sister of a former Foreign Minister, a university graduate; she could have fled to the West long ago. But her parents always told her to care about the poor, and Afghanistan's women are among the poorest. "I promised myself years ago that I would fight for the women of Afghanistan," says Parlika, 57. She had...

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