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Afghan Women's Voice Rise Up

I thought I'd share this article with the World Pulse community:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/world/asia/16afghan.html

In case the link doesn't work, google the New York Times article entitled "Afghan Women Protest New Law on Home Life".

It is difficult for me -- a woman who lives in a relatively liberated cultural environment when it comes to gender relations -- to grasp what it must be like to endure this kind of (legalized) misogyny. These women are amazing and courageous. Hopefully, their numbers will grow.

Rachel

Comments

Maria de Chirikof's picture

"uneducated"

One thing I think this article clearly shows is that uneducated or illiterate does not mean dumb and mute. Too long there is the impression that people who have not had the opportunities to learn to read and write are like lumps of rocks or something inside a body. I can only hope that people can see others are real and vital and living and breathing just as they are. That this separating them into something other then 'us' will stop so thank you for posting this!

Maria

sunita.basnet's picture

Wow!! & Request

Dearest Rachel,
Wow!! What an inspiring women's movement. Would you mind posting this article in Women's movement group?

What’s going on Rachel, It has been a long time I am far from your connection. How is your documentary going on? My documentary is cancelled from my teacher because of limited time. Hope to continue that project in my university.

Please tell me something about what you are doing now? I am waiting eagerly to read your post.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Rachel C's picture

Hello!

Dear Sunita,

It's so nice to hear from you! I have been a bit out of the loop because I got caught up in work and family issues for a few weeks. Where is the Women's Movement Group you are referring to? I am happy to post the article anywhere you think it will be appreciated.

Please remind me of the documentary project you were working on... I just completed a video for a microfinance organization called Women's World Banking (inspired by the Grameen Bank) and have FINALLY found a website designer so that is my current project. I will post the video on my Journal, so have a look!

**Also, Sunita, I am doing some volunteer writing for World Pulse by sharing success stories from our members. I am very curious to hear whether you have connected with Nepalese World Pulse members and how things are looking for your July meeting. Is AUW short form for your university? Please fill me in on exactly what you are hoping to accomplish in July, who are the people you wish to connect, and how World Pulse is helping you achieve those goals... or how you HOPE it will achieve them. I look forward to hearing more!**

Til next time,
Rachel

Rachel Clift
media for CHANGE
www.media-for-change.com

sunita.basnet's picture

Have a look

Dear Rachel,
Wow, today I looked your documentary. I am very impressed with this. You can visit women movement group in this link. http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/7786

Moni, a Bangladesh friend and I plan to make a documentary but we didn't get the permission from our teacher because of limited time. We will do that documentary in our university. Asian University for Women (AUW) is the short form of our University. Sorry I didn't make you clear about it in my previous comment.

Of course, I have connection with Nepalese world pulse member, we chat in yahoo, hotmail and Gmail. As you know I am in Bangladesh, Khusbu and Anjana are in Nepal. I have talked with them. This week Anjana is busy so we probably will talk next week. On July, 2009, we are planning to organize an informal meeting with our friends who are students and are working in different sector such as: Teachers, Staff, Rainbow cyber, Research Officer: Center for Research Excellence,Yatra, RakshaNepal, Co-editor, krishi Patrika Publication, Social development and promotion Center (SDPC) as well some students from my university.
I know only my university friends, teachers and SDPC fried. Rest of other are from World pulse. I came to know them through world pulse. We will try to find barrier and way to solve problem to educate children. After a meeting we will have a good network with other people as well. I will also write about it on pulse wire so that people will know about it. This is just a starting. The most important is I have courage to raise my voice and talk with new people about the current issues of Nepal through pulse wire. We are also trying to include some more people from other organization.

We will be discussing about “How to educated all children especially girls in the context of Nepal?" I need to do the research and will start from next week so that we will have a clear view about what we are talking about.

Thank you so much for your valuable time.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Rachel C's picture

July Meeting

Hi Sunita,

Your plans sound wonderful and I'm glad you are in regular contact with the World Pulse members in Nepal. I would very much like to write about the outcome of your July meeting. The subject of children's education is so important -- a great focus for discussion and action. Perhaps we can connect my short story to your written work online by linking the two. We'll figure out something exciting and effective.

Please keep me posted about the meeting. If possible, it would be WONDERFUL if someone could take a few pictures that we can post on this site. I can't wait to hear about how it goes....

In other news, thanks for looking at my video! Women's World Banking is a great institution that has operated for 30 years. I encourage you to contact them. You should know that they are quite a big operation that works with large microfinance institutions and banks to provide women with loans. I'm not sure how much they are able to support smaller savings groups at this point but they are certainly good people to know. Are you familiar with other organizations like Ashoka and Kiva?

Best wishes,
Rachel

Rachel Clift
media for CHANGE
www.media-for-change.com

sunita.basnet's picture

Re:July Meeting

Dear Rachel,
Namaskar from Nepal
Thank you so much for your inerest. It's my pleasure to hear from you. Can you please explain me "Perhaps we can connect my short story to your written work online by linking the two. We'll figure out something exciting and effective." Please let me know is there any interesting and effective information regarding our meeting. I am really excitied to hear from you. Sure, I will provide you the update about it. I don't have digital camera but I hope Anjana and Khusbu can arrange it because they are from Kathmandu. I am also excitied as you about our meeting. It's my first meeting which is arranged by me outside of my district so I am little nervous too.

Sure, I will contact with women's world banking and talk with them. I am not familiar with Ashoka and Kiva.
Waiting to hear from you.
Love you

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

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