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Three women succeed in a traditional society.

Role Models for a New Afghanistan

January 2012, Number 03.01

“Women in Afghanistan are breaking out of their traditional roles and becoming military generals, cabinet members and surgeons. Once punished for venturing out of their homes without a male escort, they are acquiring more freedom to contribute to the protection and development of their country. This modern generation of female leaders, including Gen. Suhaila Siddiqi, Brig. Gen. Rahimi Razia and Gen. Khatool Mohammadzai, are viewed as pioneers who have overturned stereotypes in this male-dominated society.

Gen. Siddiqi is a woman of firsts in Afghanistan. She was one of a select few female generals in the Afghan National Army (ANA), one of the first women to hold an Afghan government cabinet position as health minister in 2001, and one of the few prominent women who declined to wear a traditional burqa. “The General,” or “General Suhaila” as she is known, graduated with a doctorate in endoscopic medicine from the Medical School of Moscow State University in 1961 and climbed through the medical corps ranks during her 39 years in the army. She is Afghanistan’s most respected surgeon, according to the BBC, and is credited with saving hundreds of lives...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Role Models for a New Afghanistan,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 1, 2012: 58-61.

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