Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (2015) and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (2011), about a young entrepreneur who supported her community under the Taliban. Lemmon has recently committed to write her next book for Penguin. The story is based in northern Syria and focuses on what ISIS is leaving in its wake: the most radical experiment in women’s rights in the world’s least likely place. Lemmon is a CNN National Security Analyst and serves as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in its Women and Foreign Policy Program.
Ms. Kamila Sidiqi is a prominent economic activist in Afghanistan who has worked in leadership roles in various sectors. Currently, she is the Deputy Minister for Commerce at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in June 2017. From 2014-2017 she was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Admin and Finance in the Administrative Office of President. For the past several years, she has been actively engaged in promoting gender issues, private sector development, transparency and anti-corruption in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the government, Ms. Sidiqi was a successful entrepreneur and was one the first businesswomen of Afghanistan. During her work in the private sector, she made ground breaking achievements in various fields and received recognition across the globe for her endeavors in male dominated sectors.
Lycee Maryam in Khair Khana, 2008
Sarai Shomali in Khair Khana, 2008 Jade Maiwand market, 2008