”One day the Taliban will probably succeed in killing me. I am resigned to this fate. But for as long as I am alive, I will not rest in my desire to lead my people out an abyss of corruption and poverty.
For this reason, I am running for the Afghan presidency in 2014.”
So says Fawzia Koofi, renowned author, noted activist for women’s and children’s rights, and mother of two daughters. As reported by The Daily Beast, Koofi is also currently a leading candidate for Afghanistan’s presidential elections to be held in 2014.
As an infant, Koofi was exposed – left out to die in the sun. Today, she is the first female deputy speaker of the Afghan Parliament, on her way to the presidency of a country in which women aspiring to seats of power live in fear of their lives.
In an interview with the BBC, Koofi details unimaginable dangers and high hopes on her road to the presidency.