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My First and Last Visit to the Mullah’s…

Shabnam Parwani

First published here: http://ahuraparwani.blogspot.ca/2013/06/my-first-and-last-visit-to-mullahs_15.html?spref=tw&m=1

The night before I had mentioned to my mother that I wanted to go see a mullah for personal reasons. People in Afghanistan hold strong beliefs when it comes to black magic or “taweez”. A “taweez” is something given by the mullah, it’s supposed to protect you from harm and from people’s evil wishes. I strongly believed in black magic because there are people out there that are evil enough to wish bad things for others. It was on May 30th, a Thursday that we got out. We were on our way to go see him. We had no idea what his name was, my aunt only knew his location but even then the taxi driver confused us. When he was driving he heard us talk about the mullah. Then he knew exactly where to drop us, the mullah was really popular. The taxi driver also mentioned to us that his brother was better. A voice deep down told me to go to the brother instead, because we had gotten a rating from the taxi driver himself. I shut the voice inside me and kept quiet.

Why I support Young Women for Change

Ilias Alami
YWC- supporter

Few days ago as I was talking to a friend, I heard about a fundraising fashion show in Kabul by Young Women for Change. My first impression was a big surprise and then a smile came to my face. I realized that the movement started by the young Afghan women who has experienced and went through a lot of hardships during the past regime in Afghanistan is going in the very right and flourishing direction. This enthusiasm didn’t end right there, I started searching the web and found a viral video clip of the fashion show reported by BBC Persian in facebook. The video clip brought me joy and happiness. But it struck and saddened me when I saw the comment section. Beside some support from civilized citizens, I saw some really rude and harsh comments. That brought me here to write few lines.

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Help the Children of Afghanistan Survive 2

Dear supporters,

This winter the weather in Afghanistan has been cruel cold. As a result many children living under tents and families who can’t afford to buy wood are dying. Please help them.

How you can help?

- All Afghans and others living in Afghansitan look around you house and if you have warm clothes, blankets, or shoes please bring it to us, so we can donate them.
- You can also donate money, so we can buy wood and donate it to them.
- You can get involved by spreading the word in your office and at home and by volunteering the day we take the materials.
- Here is an online link to donate through for those who are not in Afghanistan:

Here is a contact number you can call for the address or you can also text us.

Thank you.


Fundraising Fashion Show and Launching Zeb.

On February1, 2013, Young Women for Change (YWC) launched Zeb. Zeb, like Sahar Gul internet cafe is a section of YWC, which helps promote business women and designers. The event launched career of two Afghan Designers, Salma Bayat and Banu Zeerak.  It is the first time that Afghan girls from within Afghanistan are promoting their designs to an Afghan audience, specifically women.

This event was held in a local restaurant, Sufi Restaurant, which is locally designed and shows an old traditional house of Kabul. YWC is a non-profit organization; therefore, it doesn’t have money to pay places to hold our events. Our events always have been held in places that have been generous enough to donate their space for a specific amount time for YWC. As YWC has very limited or most of the time no funding through grants, it is vital for our organization to host fundraising events.  YWC does not apply for funds unless for very important for a specific project. This specific event was a fundraiser for YWC and a step to sustain Zeb Designs.
We did not send out formal media invitations because of security reasons. However the event was publically published on the YWC Facebook page. As our page is open to the public, anyone had access to event. Continue Reading …


A 10 grader volunteer to a 17 year old Sabira

Anita Haidary
YWC- Co-founder

We see women and girls rarely working outside. The idea that they don’t have the ability and shouldn’t work outside their houses is very common among “owners of the society”, men. However, there are women who take the risk every day and step out of their houses to truly live as a citizen, human beings, to experience a real life and not be a house tool where they were born, will be married and die in a house or in some cases tortured in their houses like, Sabera a 17 year old from Herat . When they step outside the house they are harassed, when they say no to a marriage then acid is splashed on their face. Even after all these troubles women manage to go to school. They are poisoned or killed at home by their husbands or tortured to the extent that they see no other way but to commit suicide.

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Struggling for life in Afghanistan

Zafar Salehi- YWC member


It is heavily snowing in Kabul today, Afghanistan is known for its severe winter in the past few year. We are consistently losing several life of afghans because of  heavy snow and unforgiving winter. Today when I woke up early in the morning and looked at the window of my room, noticed that there is a heavy snow fall. It reminded me of people who lost their lives during winters in our country last year and the previous years. Decided to purposely walk from the place where I live(Kart e Char) to Pol e Sorkh to feel the burden of difficulties people have on their shoulders during winter and to feel the pain of those people for a short while.

Those of us whose life is limited to the basic facilities of life like food for a day, Shelter, a pair of shoes and warm cloth to wear, forgetting about Health care, education and many more. In an independent and people chosen regime in the world these facilities are the legitimate right of the citizens to be provided by the government for its people whom are in need.

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Nobody can replace her

By Mohammad Jawad
YWC- male advocate

Nobody can replace her

My loving mother died on the 25th of November 2012, leaving after a huge family mourning. Her principles in life were not to live for herself but for others. Her family, and everybody who lived around her, benefited from her kindness and her love.

Her compassion for her family, as I believe all mother’s compassion for their families, were amazing.

This is to cherish her memories, remember her for the good that she did throughout her life. Continue Reading …


Being Silent is NOT an Answer: See the World Through My Eyes

Written by Anita Haidary- YWC co-founder.



Being Silent is NOT an Answer: See the world through my eyes



I am 14 and for the first time I was harassed today; I was asked to not talk back. A voice, my friend, said your words will provoke him more. People will think you are the “bad girl”.

I swallowed my words and with broken heart and hate for myself walked away. I am thinking to myself.

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Ladies’ Evening!

Dear Sisters!

Young Women for Change, Hadia and RED (Road to Equality and Development) invite you to our Ladies’ Evening. This event will be an opportunity for you to relax in a safe environment and enjoy good food and live music. You can also make friends, create larger network among women of different backgrounds and learn about the work of the host organizations during the evening!

The event will be held from 4:00 to 5:30pm on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Young Women for Change Center, Passed Allaudin Orphanage, Darulaman Road.

See you soon!

Young women for Change, RED, Hadia