Sneak Peek into Afghan Women

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A new view of Afghan life is available on the web today, as interviews and pictures show how the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, the country’s oldest women’s-rights group, operates a new hospital and runs empowerment programs for Afghan refugees. Visit http://www.afghanwomensmission.org .

“I was in tears as I reviewed AWM’s web site. I was once again impressed that we need to do something for our people,” said Yasamine, a young Afghan woman in Berkeley, CA. “It lets us know that there is poverty and hunger there, and that people are doing something about it.”

The website’s media center features slideshows, interviews with doctors and Afghan women, and downloadable wallpaper.

On May 27, 2002, AWM president Steve Penners inaugurated Malalai Hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, completing the mission’s first goal of reopening this free hospital for Afghan refugees.

“Patients told me that the staff show courtesy and respect, and that the hospital provides good clinical care,” Penners said. “This gives a very clear message to Afghan women that they are not forgotten and that people care about them.”

Based in Pasadena, CA, the Afghan Women’s Mission is the charitable arm of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Originally formed in 1977 to fight for women’s rights and social justice, RAWA today defies fundamentalist policies that prohibit women from participating in public life, earning a living or even seeking education. This organization of courageous, pro-democracy Afghan women has established schools for girls and boys, has founded a hospital for refugee Afghan women and children, conducts literacy education and provides information about the situation in the country to human rights and news organizations.

More information about the plight of Afghan refugees is available on the RAWA website, http://www.rawa.org.

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9/11 Commemorative Performance Benefits Afghan Women

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An evening of ten monologues, songs, performance pieces and original sketches in memory of the September 11 terrorist attacks, titled “10 for 9/11,” will contribute all its proceeds to help the oldest women’s-rights group in Afghanistan.

“We wanted to represent another voice — not necessarily dissenting, but one more thoughtful, balancing its patriotism with hard questioning, while still being respectful of the tremendous loss of life in both the US and Afghanistan,” says Andrew Nienaber, Rude Guerrilla Theater Company member and co-organizer of the performance. “The evening, as it has turned out, has a very broad range of emotions and viewpoints, all relevant to the tragedy, and all contributing to a whole that covers the events, the ensuing war and our individual reactions to them, very nicely.”

The proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Afghan Women’s Mission, an organization dedicated to working with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. AWM’s main goal is supporting programs run by RAWA, a group of women who have been struggling against fundamentalism, for freedom, democracy, women’s rights and human rights since 1979. AWM was founded in January 2000 and raises funds and awareness about the situation in Afghanistan, specifically concerning Afghan refugees. Their programs include Malalai Hospital, schools for women and girls as well as some boys, emergency refugee aid, orphanages, and RAWA’s awareness-raising activities.

The engagement runs at The Empire Theater, 200 N. Broadway in Santa Ana, for FOUR NIGHTS ONLY, September 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2002. Performances Wednesday and Thursday, September 11 and 12, begin at 8:00 p.m. Performances on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, begin at 10:15 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 general admission

More information about the plight of Afghan refugees is available on the RAWA website, http://www.rawa.org.

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