Dr Habiba Sarabi is hanging on to hope for her country's future despite this week's Taliban attack on Afghanistan's parliament which left a woman and child dead and 40 others seriously injured. Dr Sarabi is the Afghanistan Government's Advisor for Women's and Children's Affairs. She defied death threats to stand as a vice presidential candidate in last year's election, she is a former Minister of Women's Affairs and from 2005 to 2011 was the governor of Bamiyan Province.
She discusses her escape from Taliban rule, her commitment to improving the lives of women in her country, and her hopes and fears for the future of Afghanistan.
Dr Sarabi was in New Zealand this week on a brief visit as the guest of the New Zealand Defence Force.