FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A press conference and interview opportunity day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14. Please call to schedule an interview between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The press conference will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the American Friends Service Committee’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office, 980 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91103.
Tahmeena Faryal, an activist for the Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan, will speak at locations around Southern California from November 12-16.
Faryal, a resident of Pakistan, speaks out against the fundamentalist Taliban and Northern Alliance. In her talks, she will address the current conditions of the Afghan people, in Afghanistan and in Pakistani refugee camps. She will also discuss women’s status, Afghan attitudes and hopes about US actions in Afghanistan, and non-violent resistance.
In order to preserve Faryal’s security, stills and film cannot show her face. Pictures can only be framed from behind, and a dramatic screened silhouette setup will be available. (Blurring or screening must be done on film – not in post-production.)
Pictures by a RAWA photographer will be posted on the Afghan Women’s Mission website, http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/mediacenter, of her daily speaking events. The events will be free and open to the public, and interviews are limited.
The Afghan Women’s Mission, an organization dedicated to working with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, is a group of people moved to action by the plight of Afghan women. The mission was founded in January 2000 in response to the compelling need for adequate hospital facilities in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan.
The Afghan Women’s mission’s goals include establishing and operating free hospitals serving Afghan women and children refugees; supporting schools and other programs for Afghan refugees to alleviate emotional suffering and decrease illiteracy and joblessness; and empowering Afghan refugees to build sustainable livelihoods.
More information about the plight of Afghan refugees is available on the RAWA website, http://www.rawa.org.