Wazhma Frogh, an Afghan, uses her religion to press for women's rights – and development
agencies take note.
By Jill Carroll Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Just hours after Wazhma Frogh arrived in an isolated, conservative district in northeastern Afghanistan in 2002,the local mullah was preaching to his congregation to kill her. Ms. Frogh was meddling with their women with her plan to start a literacy program, he told the assembly.
As she walked past the mosque during noon prayers, his words caught her ear. Shocked, she marched straight into the mosque. In a flowing black chador that left her face uncovered, she strode past the male worshipers
and faced the mullah. Trembling inside, she challenged him.
"Mullah, give me five minutes," she recalls saying. "I will tell you something, and after that if you want to say Iam an infidel and I am a threat to you…