Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan Struggles Against the Taliban and The U.S.-Funded Northern Alliance

October 04, 2001
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, has been fighting for women’s human rights and for a secular government for over 20 years. RAWA was established well before the Taliban came to power. Even in the suffocating political atmosphere of the seventies in Afghanistan, the women of RAWA became involved in improving education and healthcare and political agitation.

Before the 1978 Moscow-directed coup in Afghanistan, RAWA’s work centered on women’s rights and democracy, but afterthe Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in December 1979, RAWA became directly involved in the war of resistance. ButRAWA always set itself up in opposition to the vaunted Islamic fundamentalist "freedom fighters" of the anti-Sovietwar of resistance supported by the US government. Now they are struggling against both the Taliban and theU.S.-funded Northern Alliance.

Guest:

  • Tahmeena Saryal, member of RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.