WEAVE - Safe World Field Partner on the Thai-Burma Border:
"The WEAVE handicraft project allowed me to earn a safe and regular income by doing embroidery work. It has not only provided me and my family with the much needed nutritious food and get my children to go to school, but above all, it allowed me to regain my self-worth and self-confidence."
Muga Pado Rollie, Umpiem Mai refugee camp, Thai-Burma border
By Noorjahan Akbar
'Given all the obvious risks of child marriage, why does it still continue?
There are many reasons for the prevalence of child marriage in Afghanistan. Lack of security and poverty are the two reasons most used to explain selling little girls, but the main reason for this tradition is business flavored with misogyny. To examine why child marriage continues to happen, this paper studies a few cases....'
By Noorjahan Akbar
Update - 18th January 2012
"Today we visited Sahar Gul again. She was feeling better.
Two therapists talk to her daily to help her recover emotionally and mentally. We talked to her, joked with her and applied nail polish to her new nails. She has seen her nails pretty after six months of torture during which her nails were pulled out of her fingers."
Indian activists have reacted angrily after 12 doctors were fined less than $100 each for conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning disabilities.
By Mitos Urgel, Executive Director of WEAVE.
The continued heavy monsoon rains have destroyed people's lives and properties.
Over 10,000 people in two of the four refugee camps in Mae Hong Son Province where WEAVE works were severely affected by the heavy rain and flood.
Many families became homeless and considerable numbers of houses were destroyed by the landslides.
"It is hard to reason anything with a mother who has lost her son. However, if we are united, we can help her....
Don’t you see people feeding others on the day of Ashura? When they feed them, they don’t ask, if they are Shia or Sunni."
"I strongly believe that movement and change has to come from within the society.
I never stopped believing that it is possible.
I want to use film to get our messages across. I truly believe that YWC is the voice for every Afghan."
"I couldn't live the way I wanted to....
I got in a lot of trouble for fighting for freedom of speech in class, correcting teachers, speaking out against imposing religious ideas from my teachers and fighting for my grades.
I was tired of hearing my teachers saying because you are a girl; you can’t do this and that."
The public walk was organised by Young Women for Change, a non-profit organisation recently set up by two young activists, Noorjahan Akbar and Anita Haidary, to engage youth in the fight for gender equality in Afghanistan.
Safeworld's Clara Boxall asked Noorjahan about her work in Afghanistan:
"We arrange public lectures on women in the society, using Islam and the law to prove that street harassment is not related to women’s clothing, and is rather a backlash against women’s participation in the society and it needs to stop..."
21-yr-old Gulnaz reported her rape & resulting pregnancy.
She was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The European Union filmed her story but withdrew it because of political sensitivity.
Gulnaz is now free following international pressure.
However, to 'preserve honour', she agreed to marry her rapist...
By Nushin Arbabzadah: 'It seemed to me that honor killings were a method of male-on-male peer pressure -- women served as tools by which to control a man's standing and reputation...'
March 2011: By Nushin Arbabzadah - "Gender solidarity is something that has yet to emerge in a traditional society where women have internalised the male values of clan solidarity and political rivalry...