Feminist author Margaret Atwood, 60, best known for her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, received Britain’s top prize for fiction writing—the Booker Prize. Atwood had been nominated three times before, but won this year with her tenth novel, The Blind Assassin. The Handmaid’s Tale envisions a future in which right wing extremists seize control of the country and impose draconian, misogynistic laws on women. Published in 1985, it eerily predicts a regime that is in many ways similar to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Media Resources: New York Times – November 12, 2000
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .