Afghan Women: Reports and activities from Kabul/ UK info night/ Women's Liberation/ Mother Marian/ Global Skype Session, plus Fly Kites Not Drones listings for this weekend
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Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK

Supporting Non-Violent Afghan Revolutionaries

Afghan Women: 13 Years of War

What's Changed?

Tony Blair: "International aid to the post-Taliban government will be conditional on the restoration of women's rights" November 2001

  • 87% of Afghan women have experienced some form of econmic discrimination or physical, psychological, sexual or social violence
  • Violence against Afghan women rose 25% between March- September 2013
  • The 2009 Elimination of Violence against Women Law is only enforced in 17% of reported cases
  • 1 in 11 Afghan women die in childbirth
  • 2,500 women committed suicide in 2012
  • 82% of Afghan women are illiterate
  • Afghanistan is the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman
Mother Marian and Habib
VCNV report by Maya Evans

Habib and his mother Marian sit in front of us motionless, Marian wears the burqa so it is not possible to read her face and ascertain how she might be feeling, the tentative expression on Habib’s face tells us that their life is hard.

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After 3,000 Years of Pain: Women's Liberation at the Barefoot College
VCNV report by Kathy Kelly

A few months ago, the Afghan Peace Volunteers began planning to send a small delegation of young women to India as guests of Barefoot College, a renowned initiative that uses village wisdom, local knowledge and practical skills available in the rural areas to improve villagers’ lives.

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Afghan Women Info Night

Tuesday 18th March 7pm LONDON

VCNV Ewa Jasiewicz and Guy Smallman have both recently returned from Afghanistan, come hear eyewitness accounts and their work with Afghan women

London Activist Resource Centre, Whitechapel, E1 1ES
FREE admission
A fundraiser for OPAWC
Peace Jam Graduation Day
25 Afghan women graduated from a noodle and jam making course organized by the Afghan Peace Volunteers, the new skills will provide better employment prospects for the women who took part. Above (left) women make alfresco noodles and (right) graduate as peace jam artisans. Funds were raised by VCNV US.

International Women's Day in Kabul

Around 50 women gathered in Kabul at the Afghan Peace Volunteer's house for International Women's Day.

There were presentations by Zarguna and Torpekai who recently returned from India where they met and worked with female Indian activists.

Maya Evans spoke about the history of IWD and the importance for women to get together and campaign in solidarity.

Women at the gathering said the most important thing for them was to be given the opportunity to work.

The event was compared by APV Sakina who urged the women to work together and demand the right to education.

Torpekai spoke for many when she said that the newly elected Afghan political leaders were unlikely to represent women's equality and therefore voting was probably pointless.

Afghan Women Skype Internationally

13 Women from the Afghan Peace Volunteers took part in the first women's skype session whereby women from around the world, including Egypt, called in to learn and speak with their sisters in Kabul. Here are some highlights:

Torpekai (aged 16): "There's been enough bloodshed and war, it isn't important if we're muslims or infidels, we need to stop killing one another, we need to sit down and talk."

Sonia (aged 18): "Many of our problems in Afghanistan stem from the fact that we haven't been true and honest with one another."

Shakira (aged 45): We're all in the same boat, we should extend our hands to help one another."

Nuristani (aged 40): "We need to unite across ethnic lines, due to illiteracy and lack of education we have become divided and sectarianism has been allowed to spread. We need to not see each other ethnically."

She added: "Afghanistan has been introduced to the world as backwards, there are many negative ideas of Afghans, however we have many good qualities. The people of Afghanistan are human beings and we need to be heard."

Fly Kites Not Drones 21-23 March 2014 goes GLOBAL!

Over 20 UK Peace group from Edinburg to Tavistock will be flying kites this weekend in solidarity with the Afghan Peace Volunteers who urge everyone to Fly Kites Not Drones for Nao Roz.

The VCNV instigated action has gone global with groups in New York, Chicago and San Francisco also taking part.

See listings for an event near you or make a kite (especially fun for kids) and hold your own event- please email us a photo and a brief write up, we'd love to publicise it.

Please join anti drone campaigners for the national events:
  • RAF Waddington, Fri 21st March 1-3pm

  • London, Speakers Corner, Sat 22nd March 2pm

  • Kabul, with the APV, Sun 23rd March 12 noon

The last VCNV delegate Maya Evans returned from Kabul last week after 3 months living and working with the Afghan Peace Volunteers.

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Talks include eyewitness accounts, working with Afghan peace activists, analysis on the 2014 withdrawal, drone wars, women and much much more.

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