July 30, 2011
Gayle Lemmon joined us to talk about her adventures and observations on Afghanistan and in particular, the entrepreneurial efforts of the women there. Her new book “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana” is a fascinating read .
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a seasoned journalist who has been reporting and researching the economic and living conditions of women in Afghanistan since 2005.
I read her heartbreaking story in “The Daily Beast” recently about Bibi Aisha, an Afghan teenager whose nose and ears were cut off by an uncle when she tried to escape from an intolerable marriage. Another article about an 11-year-old bride who was sold to a Kabul family and escaped was equally powerful and disturbing.
Gayle was a producer with ABC News for nearly ten years, a Fulbright scholar, and is the Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program. Next year her book about women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries will be published. To find out more about Gayle’s background, visit her website.
“People do not often hear stories about how hard women are fighting to create something better for the next generation.” Gayle Lemmon
Recently Gayle responded to my questions about her reports from Afghanistan and her own career in journalism… [Read more…]