Afghan Women Speak Out: "Zoya"

Posted by CODEPINK Staff

Check out Elsa Rassbach's interview with "Zoya" of the Foreign Committee of Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). Elsa is a US citizen and activist who’s lived in Germany for the past eighteen years. She’s a founding member of American Voices Abroad Military Project and of the German affiliate of the War Resisters’ International, and an active voice for CODEPINK in Germany.


Despite more than seven years of U.S. and NATO occupation, the members of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) must still use pseudonyms to protect their organization, their families, and their work to liberate the women of Afghanistan. "Zoya" is the pseudonym used by a member of RAWA’s Foreign Committee who has traveled to many countries, including the U.S., Spain, and Germany, representing the organization. She received international acclaim with the 2003 publication her dramatic life story: “Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman’s Battle for Freedom,” with John Follain and Rita Cristofari. Last year Zoya visited Germany to support the campaign of the German peace movement for the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

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