To celebrate Eid-ul-Fetr and to share our joy with the child laborers in Kabul city, we invite you to our office for a Henna Bandaan, a gathering where you put henna on your hand. We have talented Henna artists who will charge a small fee for making your hand absolutely gorgeous with Afghan designs. All the funds raised will be used to buy Eidy, or Eid gifts, to children who work on the streets of our city. We will distribute the gifts on the first day of Eid along with posters about child marriage, education, women’s empowerment, etc.
3:00pm, Thursday and Friday, August 16-17
YWC Office, Darlaman Road
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We hope you can make it to this fun event!
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Lecture and Debate: Women in Islamic Law
As holly Ramadan has arrived, hereby you are invited to a lecture and debate about woman in Islamic law. Come, teach, and learn. We hope to have you in Iftaari afterwards as well.
5:30pm- Friday, August 3, 2012
Sahar Gul Net Cafe, Karte Chaar, Kabul, Afghanistan
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Young Women for Change
First published here.
By Frud Bezhan, Fareba Wahidi on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Online
Dozens of women flock each day through the discreetly marked doors of Kabul’s Sahar Gul Cafe, Afghanistan’s first all-female Internet cafe.
Equipped with more than a dozen laptops, a library, and stocked with comfortable cushions, the modest cafe has given Afghan women the opportunity to study and socialize free from the scrutiny of men.
That’s important in a country where women continue to face enormous obstacles in securing their rights nearly 11 years after U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban regime from Kabul.
Standing outside the cafe, Homiyra Bakhshi, project manager and a member of the Afghan activist group , which created the cafe, says it has become a refuge. Continue Reading …
Foundation for Afghanistan
The Foundation for Afghanistan, a non-profit, non-partisan, charitable organization, was established in 2008 by Ambassador Said T. Jawad (ret.). The Foundation for Afghanistan is a 501(c)(3) public charity, and all contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The triumph of Afghanistan’s future is not only to focus on the political sphere, but to successfully link Afghanistan’s future with its people; a hugely interdependent relationship. At the Foundation for Afghanistan, we are committed to providing assistance to empower Afghans, so that they themselves are able to rebuild the nation. The Foundation hopes to build on this human capital to allow for Afghans to become proud, productive citizens and future leaders of their country. We believe that focusing on human capital is the best long-term strategy in steadily rebuilding the country that has been destroyed by decades of conflict. Helping Afghans to help themselves will reverse the country’s continuous conflict, poverty, ignorance, and fear; creating peace, stability, and prosperity for the people of Afghanistan.
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Lecture: What is Gender?
In August of 2011, in collaboration with Kateb Institute of Higher Education, Young Women for Change held a speech on gender by Mr. Nematullah Elahi.
Mr. Elahi has graduated from Sha’aria Teachers University and the International University of Islamabad, Pakistan, after studying philosophy of religion. He has also received a diploma in Persian literature and language enrichment from Tehran University of Religious Scholars. He has worked in the fields of human rights, gender, governance and journalism in different national and international organizations and been a member of the Shura of Muslim Scholars on Women’s Rights in Islam and a professor at Karwan University. Right now, Mr. Elahi is the Senior Legal Specialist in Azaad Islamic University. A number of Mr. Elahi’s articles on women’s rights and political and social issues have been published.
The lecture, attended by over 70 youth, was an hour of information about the sociology of gender and sex. After the lecture, a heated debate and question and answer session was held.
Walk against Street Harassment
Photo: Afghanistan Today
One of the most efficient ways to fight street harassment, in addition to treating those who harass with justice and legal punishment, is to raise awareness about the issue. Young Women for Change took this on in April. In the month of July, we led the first ever walk against street harassment of women. On July 14, more than fifty youth joined us as we walked in the west of Kabul. The police was very supportive and the media very friendly. This led to a lot of coverage of the organization and awareness about the issue. It was the beginning for a dialogue on the issue. Soon TVs and radios picked up the issues, debates were created and YWC members went on air to answer questions from people around the country. Read more about this campaign here: http://www.undispatch.com/demanding-dignity-on-kabuls-streets-afghan-women-march-against-sexual-harassment
First Annual Meeting
On May 25, 2011- during the meeting of Young Women for Change in Afghan culture house more than 60 Afghan women got together to discuss specific issues that women in Afghanistan faces. Some Afghan women were attending this meeting from a long distance from Washington DC through Skype. Afghan women living in the east Cost, United States were present in the meeting the whole time by Skype video and talked with Afghan women attending the meeting in Afghan Culture House directly. This meeting started with two short speeches about the program by Noorjahan Akbar in Kabul and Mariam Ufyani in Washington DC, the founders of the Young Women for Change. After the opening speeches the participants were divided into four groups to plan specific events and to talk about specific issues in their groups with a group leader keeping the group organized and focused on the topics. This meeting focused on specific issues such as Women’s Shelters’ Laws and regulations, Family law, literacy, Work with Religious Leaders, Women’s participations on the Peace Jirga, etc. At the end of the meeting the group leaders and all four groups got together again. The four group leader let everyone know how their group discussion went, what issues they talked about and ways the group members suggested to help reduce the discussed problems. With the group members’ agreement the group leaders’ set up a specific time to meet with her group sometime this week to bring those ideas into an action.
We Still Stand
Despite all odds, we still stand:
In Afghanistan, a land where women were not allowed out of the house without a male relative in the Taliban era; where we are still counted as secondary to men; we were and still are not allowed in most parts of Afghanistan to seek education; we are raped, tortured, harassed, killed, treated brutally, neglected, and ignored, WE STILL STAND.
Men seem to forget that we are the core body of the society. We are the mother and if we are not there, they will not exist. Men do not remember that despite being treated as slaves, we are the backbone of the society. Our fathers, sons, brothers and the men in our life do not trust us enough to let us choose for ourselves and be ourselves. We have to be the person they want not the person we want to be. We are their property and only they, not us, have the right to do whatever they want. Continue Reading …
I will Define Myself and Fight for Myself
In a society where 30 years of civil war did no justice to its own nation, it also left its people travelling back in time instead of moving forward with the rest of the world. The world knew who had come into Afghanistan and who was chased out, however what the rest of the world was unaware of was in the midst of all these wars there were a group of people who have always been considered no more than dust. Women, Afghan women were being used in the name of religion, in the name of culture and in the name of tradition to have their rights tarnished and their voices silenced. For generations on end it was the women of this civil war society who were abandoned and forgotten about by the rest of the world and by its own people. Afghan women were beaten, raped, tortured, burned by oil, acid sprayed, buried alive, stoned to death, had their body parts cut off, and the list could go on, but you would never be able to bare all this. Continue Reading …