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[19 Jun 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
My Father Is an Afghan Man

Alaha Ahrar
Afghanistan 
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‘I always try to inform as many people as I can about the generosity, courage, and magnificence of Afghan men.”
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Many Americans celebrate Fathers Day this week.  As I think of such an amazing day, I start remembering all the kindness, love, and support that my father has given to all of his children during the very tough situation in Afghanistan to this day.
I always try to inform as many people as I can about the generosity, courage, and magnificence of Afghan men.  Most people all over …

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[28 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Women in Black Against War

Cynthia Cockburn
London, United Kingdom
“Women in Black is a network, with no formal constitution or structure. Each vigil is autonomous. Although there are charismatic personalities, no-one ‘holds office’. Any woman or women who hold a feminist critique of militarism, war, and violence may start a vigil.”
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Women in Black against War is an international network of several hundred small local groups in many countries. Its main purpose is to bring women together for the purpose of organizing and campaigning actively as feminists against militarism, war, and violence more generally – particularly violence …

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[27 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Living with Warmth and Dignity in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly
Afghanistan
“Faribah and 25 other seamstresses have now created more than 350 duvets. They are eagerly helping their families and others to live with warmth and dignity.”
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January of 2012 was a deadly month, in Afghanistan. The United Nations notes that, in camps around Kabul, as many as 35,000 refugees from the fighting had only tents and mud huts to protect them from the cold. In those camps alone, 26 Afghan children froze to death.
On top of Afghanistan’s ongoing burdens of destitution and war, of course, temperatures are now dropping again. …

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[12 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Femin Ijtihad: Islamic Perspectives on Women’s Rights

Deya Bhattacharya
Calcutta, India

“At one time, inspired, I worked hard at creating this organization. Now I feel it is creating me…” -Natasha Latiff, Director, Femin Ijtihad
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Femin Ijtihad began, as most things begin, with a story.
Inspired by a story about an Afghan girl’s defiance of the Taliban, a young law student undertook a journey to Afghanistan. There she conducted field research on the construction of Afghan rape laws that involved the participation of several judges, lawyers, MPs, and professors in Kabul. It was during this research that she realized there was a …