February 28, 2007
A Tale of Two Women

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For war weary Afghans, she's one of a kind. Only five years after the Taliban banished women from the streets, the nation has its first female governor.

Reporter Trevor Bormann journeyed to the remote and breathtaking province of Bamiyan to meet a woman who is turning around the fortunes of her country.

Habiba Surabi is on a mission -- to get girls back into schools and rebuild her conflict ravaged country.

"This is a success story of the new Afghanistan," Bormann says. "The governor's province is an oasis in the chaos of the rest of the country.

"While the country has lost generations of young men to war, women hold the key to rebuilding Afghanistan."

Trevor Bormann also travelled to Kabul to profile another leading woman in a far more precarious position.

Malalai Joya is a 28-year-old parliamentarian and Afghanistan's "most wanted" woman -- all because of her outspoken stand against her fellow parliamentarians.

"She's denounced her elected colleagues as druglords and warlords, and for that her life is under constant threat," Bormann says.

Joya's courageous stand has an ominous undertone.

"I m not sure after one hour I will be alive or after one day, but because of my people I accept these risks," she told Bormann.

The story is an expose of democracy at work in Afghanistan, as seen through the lives of two women with a determination to reconstruct their nation.

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