Afghan Women's Mission http://www.afghanwomensmission.org A Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AWM Thanks the Lisa Akbari Foundation http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2016/01/awm-thanks-the-lisa-akbari-foundation/ Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:03:46 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1660 On December 12, 2015, an American humanitarian aid worker named Lisa Akbari was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan outside the gym she frequented. Heartbroken by their loss, Akbari's family in the United States set up a crowd funding initiative to raise funds in her memory. Afghan Women's Mission is touched and honored to be the recipient of the funds raised. We thank Akbari's family and express our deepest condolences to them. The funds will appropriately be used to further Afghan women's rights, a cause dear to Lisa Akbari's heart. ]]> On December 12, 2015, an American humanitarian aid worker named Lisa Akbari was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan outside the gym she frequented. Heartbroken by their loss, Akbari’s family in the United States set up a crowd funding initiative to raise funds in her memory. Afghan Women’s Mission is touched and honored to be the recipient of the funds raised. We thank Akbari’s family and express our deepest condolences to them. The funds will appropriately be used to further Afghan women’s rights, a cause dear to Lisa Akbari’s heart.

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One Young Man’s Holiday Wish: Raise Funds for RAWA http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2013/12/one-young-mans-holiday-wish-raise-funds-for-rawa/ Tue, 03 Dec 2013 03:03:57 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1655 This holiday season, a 19 year old from Arizona, named Aaron Peterson, contacted us saying he wanted to do his part to raise much needed funds for RAWA's work. Afghan Women's Mission is proud to feature Aaron's Indiegogo campaign to raise $25,000 for RAWA by the end of this year. All donations to this campaign will go directly to AWM in order to fund RAWA's important work to empower women and girls in Afghanistan: prejects like Danish school in Farah Province. Aaron's message to you is: "I want you to help me change this sense of hopelessness by ensuring women in Afghanistan receive the modern healthcare, education and other resources that they require." Please click here to visit the online campaign Aaron Peterson has launched and please give what you can this holiday season!]]> This holiday season, a 19 year old from Arizona, named Aaron Peterson, contacted us saying he wanted to do his part to raise much needed funds for RAWA’s work. Afghan Women’s Mission is proud to feature Aaron’s Indiegogo campaign to raise $25,000 for RAWA by the end of this year.

All donations to this campaign will go directly to AWM in order to fund RAWA’s important work to empower women and girls in Afghanistan: prejects like Danish school in Farah Province.

Aaron’s message to you is: “I want you to help me change this sense of hopelessness by ensuring women in Afghanistan receive the modern healthcare, education and other resources that they require.”

Please click here to visit the online campaign Aaron Peterson has launched and please give what you can this holiday season!

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Huffington Post: A Woman Among Warlords: An Interview With Malalai Joya http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2013/10/huffington-post-a-woman-among-warlords-an-interview-with-malalai-joya/ Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:52:34 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1652 Read More...]]> By Suzanne Persard
Published in Huffington Post on 10/25/2013

Most publications incorrectly report the number of assassination attempts Malalai Joya has received — the number is seven, not six; and these are only the number of plots that have been counted.

In 2007, Joya, the youngest elected member to the Afghan parliament, was expelled from the government for her denunciation of incumbent corrupt warlords. The then 28-year-old Joya advocated for women’s rights, spoke out against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and their locally installed puppets, while deeming the Taliban medieval. Death threats against her immediately erupted, followed by several unsuccessful assassination attempts by the Taliban.

Following her indefinite expulsion from a parliament she has likened to a “non-democratic mafia,” Joya’s unpopularity, which surged at home, spread like wildfire abroad. Applying for entry to the U.S. in 2011 to promote her newly released book, A Woman Among Warlords, while continuing to speak out against the U.S. occupation and its devastating impact on the Afghan people, the State Department denied her entry, citing “unemployment” and “living underground.” Public rallying, including a petition of over 3,000 signatures — including the signature of Noam Chomsky — prompted the department to renege and her visa was granted.

Joya, who appeared in New York City for a series of speaking engagements earlier in October, is easily confused with another similar-sounding activist: 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, who also survived a Taliban assassination attempt, but has received much more attention from American news outlets. While Yousafzai was headlined on every major American news channel, Joya’s presence in the U.S. was relatively unnoticed. Although the State Department granted two visas, only one could serve as justification for Western intervention and serve as the voice for oppressed Muslim women everywhere.

But Joya has never subscribed to an imperialist narrative that places the U.S. as the sole liberator of the Afghan people. She has refused to be another poster-child for wars waged under the false banner of Western liberation, and is quick to name the U.S. and NATO as committing the same violences against women as the Taliban and local warlords.

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The Cost of Courage: Malalai Joya’s Life-Risking Activism http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2013/10/the-cost-of-courage-malalai-joyas-life-risking-activism/ Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:13:01 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1646 Read More...]]> Originally published on Truthdig.com on Oct 10, 2013

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Contrary to her small stature, Afghan activist Malalai Joya is a towering figure among ordinary Afghans. At the tender age of 25, she openly challenged her country’s notorious U.S.-backed criminal warlords at the 2003 Constitutional Loya Jirga (popular assembly) in Kabul.

She thundered, “It is a mistake to test those already being tested. They should be taken to national and international court. Even if they are forgiven by our people, the bare-footed Afghan people, history will never forgive them,” before her microphone was abruptly cut off. Today, after a decade of narrowly escaping numerous assassination attempts as a result of that infamous public confrontation, she remains politically active underground and continues to call out the warlords. She also demands the U.S. government immediately end its war and occupation.

It is hard to believe that 12 long years have passed since Operation Enduring Freedom was launched on Oct. 7, 2001. As the first wave of bombs fell on Afghanistan, I spent sleepless nights thinking about the Afghan women with whom I had started to work only a year and a half earlier through a newly formed nonprofit organization called the Afghan Women’s Mission. How could any of us have foreseen that the U.S. had entered the longest war it would ever wage?

But to Joya, war is a part of life, literally woven into the fabric of Afghan society—Afghanistan’s famous war rugs traditionally feature tanks, guns and other military paraphernalia. All her life, Joya and her fellow Afghan 30-somethings have known only war, beginning with the Soviet occupation of the ’80s, then the U.S.-fueled civil war of the early ’90s, then the Taliban rule of the late ’90s, and finally the present-day U.S. war. She yearns for a peace she has never known and risks her life each day to realize it.

In an interview on the 10th anniversary of the U.S. war, Joya made it clear to me that the American occupation had been marked by far too much blood. She blamed the media for “putting dust in the eyes” of the world by parroting the government’s claim that many of the civilians killed were “insurgents.” Indeed, according to Joya, “the atrocities of the occupation forces are not new for my people.”

She went on to list just a handful of incidents: “In my own Farah Province, American troops bombed 150 civilians. They bombed our wedding parties in the past in Nangahar and Nuristan. Recently in Kunar Province through their blind bombardment, 65 civilians were killed. In the same province in another village, nine children were killed.” The endless lists of civilian deaths in Afghanistan are numbing enough to read in the newspaper. But coming from the mouth of an Afghan who is living in the middle of the war, it was almost unbearable to hear.

And yet we must hear what Joya has to say. She has chosen to risk her life to say out loud what other Afghans cannot say.

I first met Joya in 2005 in the remote Farah Province of Afghanistan while researching a book about the war. Already a legend for standing up to the warlords, she spoke softly, in halting English, about how the warlords denounced her as an “infidel, prostitute, and communist.” She implored “democratic-minded people” to tell her story to Americans and added that she was just one person, representative of many. She said, “I am a member of the young generation of this country. Now I accept this risk because of my people. They [the warlords] killed a lot of democratic people. Maybe one day they will kill me. But I will never be afraid.”

Later that year, Joya was elected with overwhelming support by residents of Farah Province to represent them in Afghanistan’s new parliament. But within two years, the warlords dominating that governing body kicked her out, striking a blow to Afghanistan’s fledgling democratic experiment. Joya was accused of insulting criminal MPs during a TV interview and was physically attacked in Parliament. Thousands of ordinary Afghan women marched on the streets in a nation where such a thing is generally unheard of demanding her reinstatement.

Joya had refused to remain silent in Parliament, and now, out of office, with her life more in danger than ever, she continues to speak for her people. In 2009, at the insistence of her supporters, she published her memoir, “A Woman Among Warlords,” where she laid out in clear terms her twofold struggle against fundamentalist oppression and foreign occupation. She wrote, “The United States has tried to justify its occupation with rhetoric about ‘liberating’ Afghan women, but we remain caged in our country.” Joya is clear about the war’s goals, writing in her book, “This endless U.S.-led war on terror … is in fact a war against the Afghan people.”

Joya’s life, like most ordinary Afghan women, is marked by quiet destitution. In a 2006 documentary about her parliamentary campaign called “Enemies of Happiness,” scenes of Joya sleeping on a thin mattress on the floor and washing her clothes by hand reveal the typical day-to-day hardships of ordinary Afghans struggling to survive grinding poverty. It is precisely because Joya has eschewed the luxuries that foreign funded nongovernmental organizations could easily have brought her that her people love her and see her as one of their own.

But Joya’s life, like all Afghan women who have taken a courageous stand, is also marked by constant danger. She represents everything that extremist fundamentalists like the Taliban and mujahadeen warlords despise. Hundreds of Afghan women have been murdered for a fraction of what Joya has said and done. For example, in recent years women TV presenters such as Shaima Rezayee and Shakiba Sanga Amaj were assassinated. This summer alone, two high ranking female police officers, Islam Bibi and Nigara, were also killed.

Joya’s outspokenness has also ruffled some feathers here in the U.S. In 2011, during a routine visa application for a national speaking tour in the States, she was denied entry. While it was never clearly understood why her visa was denied after many years of visits, a major public campaign involving members of Congress and the ACLU finally shamed the State Department into granting Joya a late visa.

When I interviewed her after she entered the U.S., she speculated over the reasons why she was initially denied a visa, saying “I think they are so afraid of what I am saying. I always expose the wrong policies of these warmongers. Their troops are killing civilians in my country. I also inform Americans of their tax dollars—that billions of them are going into the pockets of these warlords, druglords and even indirectly to the Taliban.”

I have met Joya nearly a dozen times since that first encounter in Farah Province and over the years our friendship has evolved into a deep love. My organization, Afghan Women’s Mission, has arranged a number of national speaking tours for her in the United States and this month, she is once more on a national tour organized by the United National Antiwar Coalition making the case for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan on the 12th anniversary of the war (click here for a complete listing of her tour stops).

Each time I see Malalai Joya at the airport, I breathe a quiet sigh of relief at the fact that she is still alive and healthy. My desire to see her live out her life into ripe old age clashes internally with my admiration for her courage. I want her to be safe even as I understand that her safety can be bought only by her silence, a bargain Joya has never been tempted by and likely never will.

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RAWA Statement on 12th Anniversary of US War http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2013/10/rawa-statement-on-12th-anniversary-of-us-war/ Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:06:12 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1640 Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan has just released a statement on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the US war in their nation: Independence, the first condition for the prosperity of our homeland and people With the aggression of the US and NATO occupiers on October 7, 2001 in our homeland, it has been twelve years now that our country is facing war, destruction, and the killing of thousands of its innocent civilians. The US used the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as a pretext to change the regime in Afghanistan and pave the way for its long-term military presence in the region. For the first time in their history, Afghanistan’s people, who were tired and fed up from the crimes of the Jehadi pigs and the brutalities of the Taliban, did not react to an occupier force.]]> The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan has just released a statement on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the US war in their nation:

Independence, the first condition for the prosperity of our homeland and people

With the aggression of the US and NATO occupiers on October 7, 2001 in our homeland, it has been twelve years now that our country is facing war, destruction, and the killing of thousands of its innocent civilians. The US used the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as a pretext to change the regime in Afghanistan and pave the way for its long-term military presence in the region. For the first time in their history, Afghanistan’s people, who were tired and fed up from the crimes of the Jehadi pigs and the brutalities of the Taliban, did not react to an occupier force.

The US government and its allies promised our people democracy, but imposed upon them the most undemocratic, corrupt, and mafia government of our history; they spoke of ‘war on terror’ but brought the murderers and terrorists of the Northern Alliance, gun-lords and drug kingpins to power, and have now extended their hands in friendship to the Taliban; the US used human rights and women’s rights as an excuse, but Afghanistan still faces the worse kinds of human rights violations and horrifying catastrophes against its women; they promised our people liberation and freedom, but practically turned our country into a narco-state and the center of their longest-running criminal war.

From the very start, the democratic forces of Afghanistan and peace-loving elements of the world had recognized the US’s war in Afghanistan as part of its imperialist policies. They announced that that this superpower was only invading Afghanistan to compete with its emerging contenders and was cementing its military bases in the heart of Asia towards this purpose.

Twelve years of our country’s occupation proves the validity of this prediction. In these years, not only did the justice-seeking people of the US and world protest against the war, but a significant number of soldiers also stood up against their government’s inhumane and hypocritical policies, and started a vast and glorious anti-war movement.

The people of Afghanistan soon noticed the false nature of the US and NATO’s ‘war on terror’, when against their demand, the criminal Taliban terrorists were replaced with the misogynist terrorist gangs of the Northern Alliance. In addition to providing staunch support to the Jehadi and technocrat traitors, the US has taken the service of a group of intellectual sellouts, and have created a band of lackeys out of them by stuffing Dollars down their filthy throats. If in the past, being on the payroll of a foreign country was seen as treachery and disgrace, today this group has become so shameless and devoid of conscience that they proudly flaunt off their servitude to the US and other foreign intelligences. Karzai and those surrounding him, confessed, in an unseen blatant fashion, that they took bags of Dollars from the CIA, Vavak, MI6, RAW, ISI and others, and branded them as ‘useful’ so that their masters would continue pouring in money. The so-called Jehadi leaders have also tied themselves on the leashes of foreign countries and continue to demolish our country at their orders. This way, Afghanistan has practically become the battlefield of the intelligence services of superpowers and neighboring countries. The threat to our sovereignty and national assets grows with each passing day.

After bringing calamity upon Afghanistan and its people, the US informed the world of the withdrawal of its forces in 2014, and started a widespread propaganda that without the US presence, Afghanistan will sink into crisis and a civil war. With this false propaganda through tens of media channels, the US is manipulating and threatening the public sentiment, and trying to get the puppet Karzai government to sign the strategic pact – which would guarantee the US’s long-term presence – as soon as possible. All the reactionary forces and a group of mercenary intellectuals know that their very existence depends upon this pact and are begging for it to go through, so they can escape our people and the claws of justice under the protective wing of their military master. But the progressive and independence-seeking forces and elements of our country and all the intellectuals with a conscience, who know the bullying and fascist nature of the ruling US system, see the permanent bases not only as a threat to Afghanistan but to the region and the world, and protest against them. In an interview with Waging Nonviolence, Noam Chomsky said about this pact, “This is a global program of world militarization.”

What is definite is the fact that the people of Afghanistan did not see good times before 2014 and will surely not so after it. This is because, contrary to the claims of the rulers in the White House, no naïve person will accept that the US will stop its ominous intervention in Afghanistan. Even if the US soldiers are physically withdrawn, their ambitious spies and stooges will still be in power in Afghanistan and will only bring more destruction upon the country.

It is clear that the situation will get worse after 2014, but not because of the withdrawal of the troops of the criminal US and NATO, but because the Taliban and Gulbuddini murderers will join the circle of other criminals who have been backed by the US and Karzai for many years now. Even now, the installation of the Gulbuddini rascals in important posts of the government and presidential palace has led to outrage and hatred from the people.

For imperialist powers, the tears and blood of the poor world has no value. The Afghan nation is not the only victim of the vicious, warmonger, and plundering policies of the US and its allies. The treacherous support of the US given to the Al-Qaeda terrorists and other savage gangs in Syria and Libya and the reduction of these two countries to ruins and center of terrorism, has again proved the falsity of the US ‘war on terror’. The anti-people Bashar al-Assad regime should be obliterated but not by or through the war machine of the US. It is the people of Syria who should decide their future. What the people of Afghanistan painfully experienced in the past decades is today happening in Syria.

What Afghanistan and other countries experienced, shows that no nation can prosper with a foreign occupation and the military presence of a bullying and murderous superpower. A land with no independence cannot have democracy, freedom, elections, human rights, and other values, and shall only be a fake showpiece of these. Our ancestors were aware of this reality and never fell for the deceit of foreign invaders and their indigenous mercenaries. The English army suffered defeat at the hands of the Afghan warriors three times; the Russians and their traitorous Khalq and Parcham regime could not break our people’s will with all their prisons and torture and finally suffered a humiliating defeat. Similarly, today the only way to liberate ourselves from these cruelties and slavery is by resolute struggle against invaders and their Afghan hyenas.

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) will continue its struggle for the independence of the country and annihilation of the domination of national traitors and murderers, together with its blood-drenched and captive people. We have faith that the attainment of independence, freedom, democracy, social justice, and other values is only possible by the selfless resistance and struggle of our masses. Thus, it is upon all the patriotic and honorable forces and elements to struggle, at any level possible, for the emancipation of our land from foreign occupiers and their lackeys, and perform their conscionable duty towards their homeland.

Down with the US invaders and their Afghan stooges!

Shame on the lackeys of Iran and Pakistan in our country!

Long live independence, democracy, and social justice!

Visit RAWA’s website at www.rawa.org.

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Malalai Joya National Tour 2013 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2013/09/malalai-joya-national-tour-2013/ Tue, 24 Sep 2013 03:05:48 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1611 Acclaimed Afghan human rights activist and author, Malalai Joya, returns to the US this fall for a national tour coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the start of the US war in Afghanistan. Joya's tour is sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and Afghan Women's Mission (AWM). During her tour Joya will address the following questions: • Why are Afghan women more vulnerable than ever? • What is the impact of US drones, bombs, and raids? • What does the end of the US’s longest war mean? • Why is violence increasing after 11 years of war? Click here for a list of cities that Malalai Joya will be speaking at during her Fall 2013 tour.]]> Acclaimed Afghan human rights activist and author, Malalai Joya, returns to the US this fall for a national tour coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the start of the US war in Afghanistan. Joya’s tour is sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and Afghan Women’s Mission (AWM).

During her tour Joya will address the following questions:
• Why are Afghan women more vulnerable than ever?
• What is the impact of US drones, bombs, and raids?
• What does the end of the US’s longest war mean?
• Why is violence increasing after 11 years of war?

Below is a list of cities that Malalai Joya will be speaking at during her Fall 2013 tour:

NEW YORK

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7 pm
Skylight Room, CUNY Grad Center
365 5th Ave.
New York NY
Speaking alongside Malalai Joya will be Sharmin Hossain from the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY who helped organize protests against former general David Petraeus who is teaching at CUNY

Friday, October 4, 2013, 1 pm
Meyer Building at NYU, Room 122
New York University, NY

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6 pm
Church Center for the United Nations
777 United Nations Plaza,
2nd Fl, East 44th St. & 1st ave.
This event is the ending of a week long program of the People’s Global Action on Migration Development & Human Rights. Visit www.pga2013.org for details

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7 pm
Community Church of New York
40 East 35th St.
Free and open to the public.
Click here for a flyer of the event.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Deepak Homebase at ABC carpet & home
888 Broadway at e. 19th St.
This will be a conversation on justice with Eve Ensler, V-Day founder and tony-award winning playwright. Entrance: $25 to benefit Malalai Joya’s work in Afghanistan. RSVP at www.vday.org/mj

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 7 – 9 pm
Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky
First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard Sq T
Cambridge MA
Requested Donation: $10. $5 students/low income/unemployed

Reception from 5-6:30 pm with Ms. Joya to raise money for organizations and charities benefiting Afghan women and children.
First Parish U-U Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA
So. Asian traditional music and food.
Contribution requested: $20, or $10 for students/low income/unemployed.

Monday, October 7, 2013, 12 noon
Tufts University
Barnum Hall 104
163 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Monday, October 7, 2013, 3:30 pm
University of Massachusetts at Boston
Campus Center
Ballroom C, 3rd flr
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Monday, October 7, 2013, 7 pm
Wellesley College
Tishman Commons
Lulu Wang Campus Center
21 College Rd Wellesley, MA 02481

Monday, October 8, 2013, 1 pm
Suffolk University
8 Ashburton Pl
Boston, MA 02108

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS

Tuesday October 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Food for Thought Books
106 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, Massachusetts

ALBANY, NEW YORK

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 1 pm
Bush memorial Auditorium, Russell Sage
College, Congress and first St. Tory, NY

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany,
405 Washington Ave., Albany

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Thursday October 10, 2013 at 12 noon
Discussion and Q&A with Malalai Joya, part of “Brown Bag” Lunch series
8th Day Center
205 W. Monroe St. Ste 500
Chicago IL 60606

Friday October 11, 2013
TBA

MADISON, WISCONSIN

Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 2pm
Gordon Dining and Event Center
University of Wisconsin, Madison

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Tuesday October 15, 2013 at 7 pm
Foss Center, Augsburg College
625 22nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Wednesday October 16, 2013 from 12:15 to 1:05
University of Minnesota Law School
Rm. 40 Mondale Hall
229 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Wednesday October 16, 2013 from 4:30-6:00
Macalester College
Room TBA
1600 Grand Ave St Paul, MN 55105

SAN FRANCISCO ,CALIFORNIA

Thursday October 17, 2013, 10 am to 2 pm
University of California at Berkeley
Wheeler Hall, Maude fife room

Thursday October 17, 2013, 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Berkeley City College – Auditorium 21
2050 Center Street between Milvia and Shattuck,
very near the downtown Berkeley BART station.

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 12 noon
Stanford University
(luncheon meeting/location TBA)

Friday, October 18, 2013 7 PM
Friends Service Committee Hall
Palo Alto CA
(Address TBA)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Saturday October 19, 1:30 pm
Harvey Mudd College
301 Platt Blvd Claremont, CA 91711
campus location TBA

Saturday October 19th 7 – 9 pm
All Saints Church, the Forum
132 N Euclid Ave Pasadena, CA 91101
Media sponsor is KPFK
Entrance is free – suggested donation of $10 will include copy of Joya’s book A Woman Among Warlords
KPFK host Sonali Kolhatkar will host the event – Book signing to follow talk
Click here for a flyer

NOTE: AWM is collecting used but functioning laptop computers for democracy activists in Afghanistan. You can donate your laptop to AWM at this event ONLY. Please bring all necessary charger cables and accessories. Tax letters will be mailed to donors.

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Monday October 21st, 10 am – 12 noon
Cal State Fullerton,
Langsdorf Hall (LH) Room 318, Cal State Fullerton (LH is along Nutwood Ave)
Campus Map: http://www.fullerton.edu/campusmap/
Click here for a flyer of the event.
Media sponsor is KPFK

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Monday, Oct. 21st, 7 pm
Al Awda Center, 2720 Loker Avenue West Suite J, Carlsbad CA 92010
Co-sponsored by Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
For more information on this event, or to join the Facebook event page, click here

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11am
San Diego City College, V101 (16th and C Streets)
1313 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 pm
San Diego State University
Nasatir Hall 100
Click here for map
A Feminist Reaseach Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Bread and Roses Center of the Department of Women’s Studies, and the Center for Intercultural Relations, SDSU

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2 pm
UCSD (room tbd)

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 pm
Church of the Brethren
3850 Westgate Pl.
San Diego 92105
For more information on this event, or to join the Facebook event page, click here

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RAWA Projects facing Serious Danger of Closure: Please Make a Donation! http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2012/12/rawa-projects-facing-serious-danger-of-closure-please-consider-giving-to-rawa-this-holiday-season/ Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:16:10 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1583 Click here to read about it. While we have found a wonderful new sponsor, SEE, we have raised only a tiny fraction of the funding we normally receive from donors like you this year. Tragically, the main sponsor of RAWA's flagship project, Danish School, has also been unable to provide the funding we need. In fact, the money we have raised this year are barely enough to fund two months of Danish School operations. The loss of our funds, and the global economic recession have created a perfect storm that now threatens closure of all of RAWA's life-saving work. Click here to make a donation. In RAWA's own words, here is an assessment of how dire the situation is:
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has always relied on its supporters all over the world for financial assistance, and especially its supporters in the US, and never turned to any other source. We understand the many difficulties you face, which makes us even more proud when you work hard to help us as well. Please don’t forget RAWA, the only anti-fundamentalist and independence-seeking female organization of Afghanistan, in these hard days, and enable us to implement all our projects in the coming year so that your donation is spent in ways that truly help Afghanistan and its suffering people. Crisis of IHC has caused a lot of problems for us, we had to limit our programs in Afghanistan due to acute shortage of fund. If we could not raise enough fund, RAWA may have to close down a school that we run inside Afghanistan for Afghan girls.
Click here to make a donation. As you know, the situation in Afghanistan remains grim, particularly for women. This week Najia Sediqi, the head of the women's affairs department for eastern Laghman province was shot and killed. And, a new United Nations Report released on December 11, 2012, finds that three years after a law protecting women was enacted, "Afghan women are frequent victims of abuse," and "the overall use of the law remained low, indicating there is still a long way to go before women and girls in Afghanistan are fully protected from violence through the law." Click here to read a news article about the UN report. RAWA continues their hard work of creating a better Afghanistan through education, literacy projects, and more. But they cannot do it without your financial solidarity. We know that there are many worthy causes vying for your hard earned dollars this holiday season. Please consider making a donation to preserve RAWA's projects before the end of this year. Your donation is tax-deductible in the United States to the extent of the law, and may be tax-deductible in other countries as well. Click here to make a donation. ]]>
Dear supporters of RAWA and Afghan Women’s Mission,

This year was our most financially challenging year since our organization began nearly 13 years ago. As you may recall, about a year ago our fiscal sponsor IHC collapsed losing all our funds, and the funds of about 200 other organizations. Click here to read about it.

While we have found a wonderful new sponsor, SEE, we have raised only a tiny fraction of the funding we normally receive from donors like you this year. Tragically, the main sponsor of RAWA’s flagship project, Danish School, has also been unable to provide the funding we need. In fact, the money we have raised this year are barely enough to fund two months of Danish School operations.

The loss of our funds, and the global economic recession have created a perfect storm that now threatens closure of all of RAWA’s life-saving work.

Click here to make a donation.

In RAWA’s own words, here is an assessment of how dire the situation is:

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has always relied on its supporters all over the world for financial assistance, and especially its supporters in the US, and never turned to any other source. We understand the many difficulties you face, which makes us even more proud when you work hard to help us as well. Please don’t forget RAWA, the only anti-fundamentalist and independence-seeking female organization of Afghanistan, in these hard days, and enable us to implement all our projects in the coming year so that your donation is spent in ways that truly help Afghanistan and its suffering people.

Crisis of IHC has caused a lot of problems for us, we had to limit our programs in Afghanistan due to acute shortage of fund. If we could not raise enough fund, RAWA may have to close down a school that we run inside Afghanistan for Afghan girls.

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As you know, the situation in Afghanistan remains grim, particularly for women. This week Najia Sediqi, the head of the women’s affairs department for eastern Laghman province was shot and killed. And, a new United Nations Report released on December 11, 2012, finds that three years after a law protecting women was enacted, “Afghan women are frequent victims of abuse,” and “the overall use of the law remained low, indicating there is still a long way to go before women and girls in Afghanistan are fully protected from violence through the law.” Click here to read a news article about the UN report.

RAWA continues their hard work of creating a better Afghanistan through education, literacy projects, and more. But they cannot do it without your financial solidarity. We know that there are many worthy causes vying for your hard earned dollars this holiday season. Please consider making a donation to preserve RAWA’s projects before the end of this year. Your donation is tax-deductible in the United States to the extent of the law, and may be tax-deductible in other countries as well.

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7th Annual Fair Trade and Conscious Gifts holiday Bazaar http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2012/11/7th-annual-fair-trade-and-conscious-gifts-holiday-bazaar/ Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:10:06 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1575 WHEN: Saturday December 1st, from 10 am to 3 pm WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA 90005 (Geneva Room – wheelchair accessible) Browse through a large selection of affordable, sweat-shop free arts and crafts made by artisans internationally and locally, including embroidered pillow-covers, wallets and purses from Afghanistan, locally made jewelry, blankets, scarves and tote-bags, candles, soaps, oils, fair trade coffee & honey, conscious books, CDs, and including the famous soup beans by the Women’s Bean Project...plus much more! Afghan Women's Mission will be a proud vendor at the 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar! We will have purses, jewelry, trinket boxes, and more, handmade from Afghanistan. All sales will benefit AWM's important projects! Click here to download a flyer for the event. FREE ENTRANCE & complementary refreshments while you shop All proceeds will directly benefit the artists and workers who made the items. More information at www.9to5california.org. This event is organized by 9to5 Los Angeles and co-sponsored by Afghan Women's Mission. KPFK is the media sponsor. ]]> WHEN: Saturday December 1st, from 10 am to 3 pm
WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA 90005 (Geneva Room – wheelchair accessible)

Browse through a large selection of affordable, sweat-shop free arts and crafts made by artisans internationally and locally, including embroidered pillow-covers, wallets and purses from Afghanistan, locally made jewelry, blankets, scarves and tote-bags, candles, soaps, oils, fair trade coffee & honey, conscious books, CDs, and including the famous soup beans by the Women’s Bean Project…plus much more!

Afghan Women’s Mission will be a proud vendor at the 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar! We will have purses, jewelry, trinket boxes, and more, handmade from Afghanistan. All sales will benefit AWM’s important projects!

Click here to download a flyer for the event.

FREE ENTRANCE & complementary refreshments while you shop

All proceeds will directly benefit the artists and workers who made the items.

More information at www.9to5california.org. This event is organized by 9to5 Los Angeles and co-sponsored by Afghan Women’s Mission. KPFK is the media sponsor.

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Huffpost Live: No Escaping the Taliban http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2012/10/huffpost-live-no-escaping-the-taliban/ Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:54:35 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1569 On October 15, 2012, Afghan Women's Mission Co-Director Sonali Kolhatkar was a featured guest on Huffpost Live hosted by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin. The program focused on the on-going attacks against women in Afghanistan. Other panelists included Manizha Naderi, Executive Director of Women for Afghan Women, Jean MacKenzie, correspondent with the Global Post, and Jennifer Hunt, an Army Reservist who served in Afghanistan. The panelists were asked the following question: Violence against women spiked to its highest level since the Taliban's fall. Will a U.S. troop withdrawal contribute to an increase in the region's assault on women? Watch the video below:

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On October 15, 2012, Afghan Women’s Mission Co-Director Sonali Kolhatkar was a featured guest on Huffpost Live hosted by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin. The program focused on the on-going attacks against women in Afghanistan. Other panelists included Manizha Naderi, Executive Director of Women for Afghan Women, Jean MacKenzie, correspondent with the Global Post, and Jennifer Hunt, an Army Reservist who served in Afghanistan.

The panelists were asked the following question:

Violence against women spiked to its highest level since the Taliban’s fall. Will a U.S. troop withdrawal contribute to an increase in the region’s assault on women?

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‘The Courage to Say No to Misogyny’ http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/2012/10/the-courage-to-say-no-to-misogyny/ Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:18:07 +0000 http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1563 Statement on the Attack Against 14-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai by Malalai Joya Once again we see a crime against women by dark-minded and brutal fundamentalists. Malala Yousafzai was shot by Pakistani Taliban because she did not remain silent about the ongoing crimes and brutalities against women; because, despite her young age, she had the consciousness to stand for her rights and say 'no' to the terrorism and misogyny of the creatures of the Stone Age.]]> Statement on the Attack Against 14-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai
by Malalai Joya

Malala Yousafzai remains in hospital after being shot in the head by members of a faction of the Taliban in Pakistan. Only 14, Yousafzai received international notoriety soon after her “Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl” was published by the BBC in 2009.

Owais Tohid, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, reported that young Malala was motivated by another women’s rights activist with the same namesake:

“The first time I met Malala, a couple of years ago, I asked her what her name signified. She answered: ‘Probably, a hero like the Afghan heroine Malalai [of Maiwand] or Malalai Joya. I want to be a social activist and an honest politician like her,’ she said, smiling. Ms. Joya, a 30-something activist, politician, and writer who was bitterly critical of both the Taliban and the Karzai regime, was at one point dubbed the bravest woman of Afghanistan.”

Malalai Joya, now 34, has survived numerous assassination attempts and in 2007 was suspended from the Afghan Parliament because of her criticisms of warlords, fundamentalists and the NATO occupation of Afghanistan. Joya sent rabble.ca the following statement on the shooting of Yousafzai.

On the attack against 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai

Once again we see a crime against women by dark-minded and brutal fundamentalists. Malala Yousafzai was shot by Pakistani Taliban because she did not remain silent about the ongoing crimes and brutalities against women; because, despite her young age, she had the consciousness to stand for her rights and say ‘no’ to the terrorism and misogyny of the creatures of the Stone Age.

I strongly condemn this disgraceful act of targeting an innocent 14-year-old girl. This is the real nature of Afghan and Pakistani fundamentalist Taliban. These dirty rascals pose as ‘manly’ but this heinous crime shows how unmanly and disgusting they are to kill a defenseless young girl.

Malala was targeted because, in her limited capacity, she wanted to inform the world about the brutalities going on against women by extremists. She wanted to wake up the women of the rural areas of Pakistan to stand up and defend their due rights.

This was a warning for those who only understand the language of the gun. This cowardly attack on her proves that these medieval-minded groups are aware of the potential power of awakened women and are afraid that she may become a role model for many more women. So they tried to stop her in the very beginning. But it was a failed attempt because, across Pakistan and around the whole world, people are on Malala’s side and they are condemning her enemies.

The world should know that the West, and in particular the U.S. government, have nurtured, supported and armed these dirty inhuman bands for the past three decades. They should know that still in our unfortunate Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO rely on brothers-in-creed of the Taliban — the Northern Alliance warlords such as Qanooni, Fahim, Ismael Khan, Atta Mohammad, Abdullah, Sayyaf, Mohaqiq, Khalili and others — who have made life a torture for Afghan women. They should know that Karzai’s puppet regime is calling the murderer Taliban “brothers” and trying to share power with this anti-humanity band of killers.

I send my salutations to Malala Yousafzai and am sure that her great sacrifice will not be in vain. She marks the shining pages of history while her enemies will soon go into the dustbin of history.

© 2012 Malalai Joya

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