1st Edition

With All Our Strength
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

ISBN 9780415950596
Published August 11, 2004 by Routledge
336 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With All Our Strength is the inside story of this women-led underground organization and their fight for the rights of Afghan women. Anne Brodsky, the first writer given in-depth access to visit and interview their members and operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, shines light on the gruesome, often tragic, lives of Afghan women under some of the most brutal sexist oppression in the world.



Anne E. Brodsky is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is an expert on women and resiliency. Her accounts of RAWA have appeared in the The Washington Post and In These Times and she has been working with RAWA for more than two years.


"Heavily sprinkled with perceptive interviews." -- Publishers Weekly
"[G]roundbreaking...The first writer with in-depth access to RAWA, Brodsky writes a passionate narrative...[S]tands out as a lone and important study of a remarkable organization." -- Publishers Weekly
"A ring side view of RAWA, the extraordinary women's movement that is as doggedly committed to democracy as it is to dreaming of another, better world." -- Arundhati Roy
"With All Our Strength is the first political history of Afghanistan told through women's eyes. Afghan women have always been depicted as the victims of war and mass destruction, but Brodsky shows us that real and powerful women live behind the veil and she has given them a voice and a history. This is the story of those defiant Afghan women who never succumbed or surrendered to extremism or despair and who want nothing more than to build peace and democracy in their county. A powerful story." -- Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban and Jihad
"Anne Brodsky goes behind the headlines to look closely at a unique organization that according to popular stereotypes of Afghan women should not exist. RAWA is a militant, secular, feminist, pro-democracy movement run by women. Brodsky shows us how ordinary women, including those who are illiterate and who have experienced traumatic violence, can become powerful agents of social and political change. Combining scholarship with empathy, Brodsky produces a fascinating book." -- Katha Pollitt
"The work of RAWA must stand as a model for every group that struggles against the twin evils of oppression and violence. Anne Brodsky's account reveals the boundless courage of these warrior women, who have fought for basic human dignity while the rest of the world looked away." -- Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
"Anne Brodsky writes a comprehensive history of this courageous women's organization with passion and sensitivity. Through candid interviews, RAWA members tell the history of their country through the story of their organization's 26-year struggle against the extreme forces on the left and the right. This book is a testament to not only the legacy of RAWA, but to Brodsky's own commitment to this organization and its unflinching advocacy for women's rights and secular democracy in Afghanistan." -- Sunita Mehta, editor of Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future
"RAWA is a reminder...that truth and justice do eventually prevail. They have been a source of inspiration to hundreds of young Afghans and to the women's groups in Pakistan. Their struggle has been long and under immense pressure, yet their resolve has never wavered." -- Asma Jahangir, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, UN Special Rapporteur
"Author Anne E. Brodsky destroys the myth that Afghani women have placidly accepted the oppression and torture of fundamentalist rule." -- Real Change
"The author does an excellent job providing the reader with a perspective on RAWA's day-to-day activities and the challenges its members face...With All Our Strenght provides a useful introduction to RAWA's history, philosophy, and inner workings." -- The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences