24 Sep TOGETHER, WE RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN
(Reposted from onebillionrising.org)
Together, we take to the streets in a global day of action during which activists, women’s organizations, human rights groups, and high profile individuals will mount in person events in cities, towns and areas across the globe.
RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN is a call to action developed in consultation with grassroots women leaders and activists on the ground in Afghanistan. A call to activists, supporters, allies, and elected officials to advocate for a more feminist forward foreign policy that prioritizes the self-determination of the Afghan people and non-violence, sustainability and freedom. Women of the world and our allies stand with the women – and all vulnerable groups – of Afghanistan against imperialism, US-led militarism, fundamentalism, and fascism.
WATCH DEMOCRACY NOW WITH V (EVE ENSLER), MADINAH WARDAK, FOUNDER OF BURQAS AND BEER, AND RECENT MEMBER OF AFGHAN PARLIAMENT BELQUIS ROSHAN
“The Taliban are already restricting women’s rights in Afghanistan — just a month since they overran the capital of Kabul — by blocking female students from returning to schools and universities, and telling many women workers to stay home. The new Taliban government has closed the Ministry of Women’s Affairs that was established soon after the Taliban were toppled in 2001, and replaced it with the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, charged with enforcing strict Islamic law. Former Afghan Member of Parliament Belquis Roshan calls for international solidarity with the women of Afghanistan and an end to imperial interventions in the country. ‘International solidarity, we can initiate … by creating harmony and unity and working together — not with governments, but the people,’ says Roshan in an exclusive interview with V, the award-winning playwright formerly known as Eve Ensler. V joins us along with Madinah Wardak, a mental health social worker of Afghan descent and founder of the digital platform Burqas & Beer, ahead of a global day of action in support of Afghan women.” – Democracy Now
We cannot underestimate the power of our solidarity.
JOIN US on 25 Sept and #RiseForAndWithWomenOfAfghanistan!