Another Woman Dies In Afghanistan

April 15, 2010 by  
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An 18-year old Afghan woman was shot on Tuesday outside her job at an US based development company.  She was killed because she was a woman.  She was killed because she was working.  The Taliban is stepping up its intimidation against women sending bands of thugs to harass women who want jobs, education and their own style of clothing.

Last March 8th, I participated – as one of the organizers – in a night of readings of blogs and essays by Afghan women.  For two hours actresses read on a stage the words of women who struggle to have basic rights and we heard of their pain to be considered replaceable by their own fathers and husbands.

While most of us may feel unable to actively do something about their plight, keeping their words alive make their existence not be forgotten.  No one should have the need to write the poem below.

But Not An Afghan Woman

I would love to be anything in this world
but not a woman
I could be a parrot
I could be a female sheep
I could be a deer or
a sparrow living in a tree
But not an Afghan woman…Continued



KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – A gunman lying in wait shot and killed an 18-year-old woman as she left her job at a U.S.-based development company Tuesday, casting a spotlight on a stepped-up campaign of Taliban intimidation against women in this southern city where U.S. troops plan a major operation in the coming weeks.

Although there was no claim of responsibility and police said the motive for the attack was unclear, Taliban militants have been particularly harsh with women who work for foreign organizations or attend school. Bands of thugs are increasingly harassing women who want jobs, education and their own style of clothing, women and aid workers say…Continued


Out Of Silence

March 9, 2010 by  
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Video coverage of Fox News of Out Of Silence: Readings from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

It was a really moving night with amazing performances by all the actors:Summer Bishil, Nadia Bjorlin, Conchata Ferrell, Jodi Long, Nichelle Nichols, Teal Sherer, Bahar Soomekh, Nancy Travis and Marcia Wallace. Fred Ponzlov directed the night with profound honesty and allowed the words to hit us with full impact.

We heard poems and essays that talked about rights and freedom: “Where should I go to remove your footprints from my heart?” said one. And we heard voices that spoke of love: “I am fifteen and the boy I cannot forget waits on the street to see me with my burqa on the way to Lala’s bakery” said another.

For all the people that attended this live event these words served as a reminder of the freedoms we have and expect and inspired us to do more for those voices which have been quieted but not silenced.