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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.