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In 2002, Sima Samar became the first women's affairs minister in Afghanistan's post-Taliban interim government. Prior to her appointment, Samar had dedicated her life to the preservation of basic rights for women and girls in Afghanistan. She fled her country in 1984 during the Soviet ocupation and moved to the border town of Quetta, Pakistan, wher...
BOSTON -- Sima Samar, an Afghan medical doctor who ignored death threats and defied the Taliban for twelve years to provide Afghan girls and women with access to health care and education and who, after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, became the first woman to be appointed to a cabinet position in the interim Afghan government, will be honored wit...
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl shot by the Taliban last October because of her advocacy for children’s education, discusses her book, I am Malala, and her determination to continue her fight for universal education with WBUR’s Here & Now host, Robin Young.
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