In her first life, Sonali Kolhatkar was testing software for a NASA space telescope. That was before she turned to radio or to social and political activism for women in Afghanistan. Now, in addition to being the host and producer of KPFK Pacific’s popular morning drive time program Uprising, Sonali is also the Co-Director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a US-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the social, political, and humanitarian projects of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). Sonali’s blog, Love and Subversion (shared with her Co-Director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, Jim Ingalls), encompasses both current political topics and specifically the topic of Afghan women. It includes information about the Afghan Women’s Mission and RAWA – the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.
Girls continue to fight for their right to education by attending secret schools – yet the threat to their lives is still very much a concern, even in secrecy.