Thursday, September 22, 2011

Young Women for Change | Afghanistan

A snapshot of creative organizing taking place in Afghanistan.

Anita Haidary from Mount Holyoke College and Noor Jahan Akbar, a student at Dickinson College, founded Young Women for Change this past spring. Their mission is to help increase the political, social, economic and cultural participation of women across the country.

On July 14, 50 courageous men and women marched from Kabul University to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. They held signs and passed out fliers to help raise awareness about the problem of street harassment. Some bystanders were shocked by what was happening while others were supportive and took fliers and started walking with the marchers.

Next week they are hosting a lecture on gender and development. They also have an active facebook page you may find interesting.

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