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  • November 17, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Andrea Gibson’s slam poetry benefits RAWA
    Politics. Love. Sexuality. Oppression. These were the recurring themes in Andrea Gibson’s slam poetry performance last Thursday evening. Her performance, played before a nearly full house, was a benefit event for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). All of the ticket sales and donations from the evening supported RAWA. more...

  • November 11, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghan Women Speak Out Against U.S. Occupation
    The women of Afghanistan, after eight years of occupation, offer conflicting advice, depending on their position in society. If the women are in Kabul, are educated and affluent, and have family members in office or are part of the government, they sometimes say, “our safety is in danger if U.S. troops leave." If the women are in the countryside (and 90% are) they say, “get the troops out now. Our rights, our freedoms, our safety have not improved in eight years of occupation — and the occupation fuels the insurgency.” more...

  • November 9, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile VT Edition: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
    The 2002 book “Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman’s Struggle for Freedom” describes a life under the Taliban where women were largely confined to their homes and barred from working or going to school. .... Recently Zoya was in our area and VPR’s Steve Zind spoke with her. He began by asking her about the situation for women in Afghanistan today. more...

  • November 4, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile An eye-opening talk about Afghanistan
    A few Sundays ago I attended a meeting at the Friends Meeting House in Amesbury. I listened to a talk by Zoya, an Afghani woman who is touring America as a representative of Revolutionary Association of Afghanistan Women (RAWA). Zoya spoke of the terrible conditions that prevail in her country, conditions such as gang rape, kidnapping, forced marriages, illiteracy, poor drinking water, lack of electricity, doctors and hospitals. more...

  • October 31, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile ‘LIBERATION’ LIE - Afghan women, truth on the ground
    thepeoplesvoice.org: Afghan women reveal censored view of occupations, false liberations, tell U.S. and allies to get out of their country. The people of the world should know that though the disgusting, ludicrous and oppressive rule of Taliban was over in our ill-fated Afghanistan, this never means the end of the horrible miseries of our tortured women. more...

  • October 21, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghan Activist Calls for End to US Occupation
    As the White House debates on how best to continue the war, an Afghan women’s rights activist who goes by the name Zoya, is touring the United States with the message that the occupation must end and that the US is not acting in the interests of ordinary Afghans. more...

  • October 19, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile US should leave, Afghan woman says
    Zoya, whose name has not been revealed in order to protect her identity, has been touring the United States in an effort to spread the message of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, a woman’s rights group. Women have traditionally been treated as a subclass in Afghanistan, and under Taliban rule, were denied access to many basic rights, such as education. more...

  • October 17, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Zoya, Keynote Speaker in October 17 Anti-War Rally in Copley Square
    Open Media Boston: The keynote speech will be given by "Zoya" an Afghan activist from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). The Kabul based activist is on a bi-coastal speaking tour of the U.S. including Saturday’s Copley Square rally, Newton, MA on Sunday, Medford, MA and Portsmouth NH on Monday and then Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. more...

  • October 16, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Brave New Foundation Raises Funds for Food for Afghan Refugees
    CommonDreams: Brave New Foundation partnered with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), which requested a total of $15,000 to ensure that every family in the refugee camp would receive oil, rice, sugar, and blankets. All funds went directly to RAWA. The funds were raised due to the generosity of Brave New Foundation members in a short period of two weeks. more...

  • October 14, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile RAWA Activist discusses Afghanistan war
    Eight years following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the human rights situation has not improved, Zoya, a representative of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, said in a lecture in Carpenter hall on Tuesday. Zoya, who does not disclose her full name for security purposes, described how her organization seeks to promote peace, democracy and human rights in her lecture, “War and Reconstruction from the Perspective of Afghanistan’s Revolutionary Women.” more...

  • October 12, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Video: Afghanistan Women Say No More Troops
    On the 8th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Her identity is hidden for her safety. Zoya, a young woman from Afghanistan spoke recently in Des Moines about the tragic situation in that country. She spoke on behalf of RAWA, The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Watch and listen to the passion, truth and courage of her message. No more troops. No more violence. No more war. more...

  • October 9, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Out of tragedy, a revolutionary is born
    The Des Moines Register: As the young Afghan woman saw it, she had three choices in the face of the repression and violence ... She could flee to America to live with relatives. She could commit suicide, as so many other despondent young Afghans were doing. Or she could do what she did and take what she calls “the way of struggle,” by joining the resistance. more...

  • October 8, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghan activist speaks out against violence
    The Daily Iowan: Although she answers to “Zoya,” it is not her real name. As a speaker for Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan, a group pushing women’s rights, she must keep her identity a secret. The 28-year-old spoke to a group of roughly 60 UI students and community members at the Pappajohn Business Building on Monday night. more...

  • October 7, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghan Women’s Activist Zoya Speaks Out on Eight Years of Occupation
    Democracy Now: We turn now to a voice from Afghanistan. Zoya is a member of the radical underground organization called RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. She was a child during the Soviet invasion of her country. As a teenager, the mujahideen or warlords killed her activist parents. She fled with her grandmother to a refugee camp in neighboring Pakistan but later returned to her country to document life under Taliban rule. more...


  • September 27, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghan women bear brunt of hypocritical ‘war on terror’
    If we glance back at history, US governments have never brought “peace” and “democracy” in any country. It has only forced war on countless countries, causing destruction, killing and disasters. Afghanistan is no exception. Everyone knows that the so-called “war on terror” of the US and allies is just a fake. It is an open secret today that all of the terrorist bands in Afghanistan and region, from Osama to Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Mujahideen warlords are products of the Cold War-era White House. more...

  • August 24, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Many Different Enemies - Afghan Women Fight for Their Country
    As the government of Afghanistan, under the watchful eye of Washington, prepared for its second national election since the U.S. invasion of 2001, we sat down with Shazia, a Kabul resident and member of the powerful organization RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. We wanted to ask her about the current situation in her country, and the experiences of women under the regime of Hamid Karzai and his American backers. more...

  • August 20, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Interview with Afghan activist Shazia Shekib
    Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to talk with Shazia Shekib (an alias), a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. She was in the US to speak at the Veterans for Peace National Convention and share her on-the-ground perspective on the war in Afghanistan. We talked about RAWA’s take on the US strategy for Afghanistan, and the debate in the US about how to best serve women’s rights in Afghanistan. more...

  • July 9, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Rawa: «Pour un front populaire démocratique» en Afghanistan
    Fondée en 1977, l’Association révolutionnaire des femmes afghanes (RAWA) est la plus vieille organisation politique active en Afghanistan. Sa « priorité est l’établissement d’un régime démocratique et laïc », fondé sur l’autodétermination du peuple afghan et où les droits des femmes seraient reconnus. more...

  • July 8, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Why Is a Leading Feminist Organization Lending Its Name to Support Escalation in Afghanistan?
    AlterNet: The U.S. invasion has been a failure, and increasing the U.S. troop presence will not undo the destruction the war has brought to the daily lives of Afghans. As humanitarians and as feminists, it is the welfare of the civilian population in Afghanistan that concerns us most deeply. That is why it was so discouraging to learn that the Feminist Majority Foundation has lent its good name -- and the good name of feminism in general -- to advocate for further troop escalation and war. more...

  • June 29, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Some Jehadi and mafia candidates in the world’s most undemocratic elections
    Amongst the presidential candidates we can generally find two groups... Amongst these, the president would only be the one most committed to US, accepting them as their masters and being their loyal lackeys. If the decision would be in the hands of Afghan people, instead of creating ‘Elections Commission’ they would create ‘Commission for investigating the crimes of the last 30 years’ and record their names in that list. Their place would be behind bars and not the Presidential Palace. more...


  • June 14, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghan feminist: No other country can grant us peace
    RAWA is an organisation that defends women’s and human rights and advocates for a fully democratic and secular government in Afghanistan. Shazia (not her real name) lives in Kabul and teaches English, translates RAWA publications for the international media and visits rural Afghanistan as a reporter for RAWA’s magazine, Payam-e-Zan (Message of Women). During her recent speaking tour in Australia she spoke to Green Left Weekly’s Katherine Bradstreet. more...

  • June 11, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghanistan oltre il fondamentalismo mediatico
    Si tratta di Marian e Sahar, due esponenti dell’associazione afgana RAWA, portavoce della battaglia in difesa dei diritti delle donne afghane nel mondo che proprio lo scorso maggio si trovavano in Italia per una serie di incontri volti a far luce sulla complicata situazione della popolazione femminile in Afghanistan; una situazione troppo spesso trattata superficialmente e mai adeguatamente affrontata dall’intero mondo occidentale. more...

  • June 6, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Get out of Afghanistan
    That was the blunt message to Australia _ and the US _ on Sunday from Shazia Shakib, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). Shazia Shakib (not her real name, to protect her) on Sunday in Hobart gave a first-hand account of the struggle for human rights, democracy and secular values in her country, a nation ravaged by war and religious fundamentalism. more...

  • June 4, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Women fight for rights in Afghanistan
    The Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) is a group dedicated to help women suffering harsh gender inequality in the Middle East. The political group was formed in 1977. Shazia Shakib from RAWA is in Australia to raise support for the plight of women in war-torn Afghanistan. Featured in story: Shazia Shakib. more...

  • June 3, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Women in Afghanistan: fighting fundamentalism and building their own future
    For 30 years, through Soviet occupation, Taliban rule, the American invasion and the current reign of warlords, RAWA has continued the struggle for democracy, human rights and secularism. RAWA runs health clinics, schools and adult education centres. The Taliban prohibited the education of girls and are still destroying schools and murdering teachers who dare to continue teaching. more...

  • May 30, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Brave Voice for Women
    Shazia is a spokesperson for the clandestine and underground movement known as RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Hated and banned in Afghanistan, RAWA operates through a well-organized network of women throughout Afghanistan and in Pakistan. The group is fiercely anti-fundamentalist, and abhors the use of Islam as an excuse for the continued persecution of women. For the past 30 years it has called for a democratic and secular government in Afghanistan. But it’s a call that continues to fall on deaf ears. more...

  • May 29, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghan women’s rights under threat: Interview with a RAWA member
    RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, has been campaigning for democracy and better human rights for women in that country for more than 30 years. Shazia Shakib is the alias of a member of RAWA in Australia at the moment, whose real name we’re not using for her protection on return to Afghanistan. She says that while many people in the West think that women in Afghanistan are now free, in reality the few rights they have are under threat. more...

  • May 25, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile ZOYA: “This is just the tip of the iceburg…”
    Upon hearing of the recent change in Shiite law in Afghanistan, one that stipulates that a wife "is bound to preen for her husband as and when he desires," V-Day reached out to long time V-Day activist and representative of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, (RAWA) Zoya for her comments on behalf of RAWA and the women of her country. more...

  • May 25, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Soulevons nous contre les crimes de guerre des Etats-Unis et de leurs laquais fondamentalistes!
    Alors que les occupants Américains continuent à tuer nos citoyens innocents et affligés sans remords, ils ont cette fois commis encore un crime atroce dans le village de Bala Baruk dans la province de Farah. Le 5 mai 2009, les attaques aériennes ont pris pour cible des habitations de civils, et ont causé la mort de plus de 150 personnes, pour la plupart des femmes et des enfants. Ce n'est qu'un autre crime de guerre mais le Pentagone prétend qu'il s'agit de l'œuvre des Talibans et que le nombre de civils tués n'est que de 12. more...

  • May 24, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Une interview avec l’Association Révolutionnaire des Femmes d'Afghanistan
    Etablie en 1977, l'Association Révolutionnaire des Femmes d'Afghanistan (la RAWA, en anglais) est une association de femmes indépendante qui se bat en faveur des droits de l'homme et de la justice sociale en Afghanistan. La RAWA s'est opposée à l'invasion soviétique et à l'occupation de l'Afghanistan de 1979-89, de la même façon, elle s'est opposée au gouvernement Mujahadin et à celui des Taliban en faisant fonctionner des écoles clandestines pour filles Afghanes et en lançant des projets humanitaires. more...

  • May 22, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile “The U.S. government has never supported democratic organizations...”
    In June, 2008, the Afghan activist Zoya of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) testified to the Human Rights Commission of the German Parliament (Bundestag) in an effort to persuade the German government to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. At that time Elsa Rassbach, a U.S. citizen living in Germany, interviewed Zoya in Berlin. This is the first release of the interview in English. more...

  • May 18, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Intervista a RAWA -Associazione Rivoluzionaria delle Donne dell’Afghanistan
    Fondata nel 1977, l'associazione rivoluzionaria delle donne dell'Afghanistan (RAWA) è una organizzazione indipendente di donne che lottano per i diritti umani e la giustizia sociale, nel loro paese. RAWA si oppose all'invasione sovietica ed all'occupazione dell'Afghanistan del 1979-1989, come pure alle successive dei Mujahaden e del governo talebano; ha diretto scuole nascoste per le ragazze afgane, pubblica un giornale ed attua progetti umanitari. more...


  • May 13, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile با کاغذ تشناب شدن فهیم جنایتکار، رژیم پلید جهادی ـ مافیایی کرزی پاک نمی‌شود!
    وقتی کرزی، فهیم را به عنوان معاونش اعلام داشت «رادیو آزادی» به نقل از خبرگزاری فرانسه در ۵ می ۲۰۰۹ از قول دیپلمات‌های غربی در کابل گفت: «فهیم در جنگ‌های سه دهه اخیر افغانستان در یک سلسله فعالیت‌های جنایی از جمله اختطاف اشخاص به منظور به دست آوردن پول و انواع تخطی‌های حقوق بشر متهم می‌باشد. به عقیده کای‌ایدی نماینده خاص ملل متحد در افغانستان رییس جمهور کرزی با انتخاب فهیم همچو معاونش اعتبارش را در جوامع بین‌المللی و افغانستان از دست خواهد داد... کای‌ایدی در چندین ملاقات اخیری که با آقای کرزی داشت از او خواهش نمود تا فهیم را به حیث معاون رییس جمهور انتخاب نکند. بعد از آن که کرزی نامزدی‌اش را اعلام نمود، کای‌ایدی بیان داشت که او حقیقتاً از این انتخاب کرزی متاثر است و عکس‌العمل‌های بین المللی در برابر این انتخاب کرزی خیلی جدی خواهد بود و نگرانی کای‌ایدی در حلقه‌های دیپلمات‌های غربی در کابل از حمایت گسترده‌ای برخوردار شد. سازمان ملل متحد آرزو داشت که جنگسالاران افغانستان صحنه را برای نیروهای جوان و مدرن ترک خواهند گفت. more...

  • May 8, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile علیه جنایات جنگی امریکا و نوکران بنیادگرایش بپا خیزیم!
    اشغالگران امریکایی به سلسله کشتار بیدریغ مردم غمزده و معصوم ما، اینبار در قریه بالا بلوک ولایت فراه جنایت هولناک تازه ای آفریدند. به تاریخ پنجم می ۲۰۰۹ طیاره های امریکا با پرتاب چندین بمب بر خانه های مردم و قتل عام بیش از یکصد و پنجاه تن که اکثر شان زنان و کودکان بودند، جنایت جنگی دیگری را مرتکب شدند اما با بیشرمی میکوشند تا عامل این کشتار را نیز طالبان نامیده و تعداد قربانیان ملکی را فقط دوازده تن اعلان نمایند. more...

  • May 7, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Let’s rise against the war crimes of US and its fundamentalist lackeys!
    As the US occupiers continue killing our innocent and sorrowed people without regret, this time they committed yet another horrible crime in Bala Baluk village of Farah Province. On 5th May 2009, the US airstrikes targeted people’s homes, killing more than 150, mostly women and children. This is another war crime but Pentagon shamelessly includes Taliban as the perpetrators too and announces the civilian deaths being only 12! more...

  • May 6, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Interview with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
    The US invaded Afghanistan to fulfil its geo-political, economic and regional strategic interests and to change Afghanistan into a strong military base in the region. Since Afghanistan is the heart of Asia, it would serve as a strong base for controlling surrounding countries like Pakistan, China, Iran and above all the Central Asian Republics. Additionally, as a superpower, it continues to occupy Afghanistan to combat rising powers like Russia and China, who are becoming greater rivals for the US in the economic, military and political fields. more...

  • April 25, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Pakistan: Taliban threaten co-educational schools
    WW4 Report: The co-educational schools that the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) runs for Afghan refugees in Pakistan are under attack from Pakistan's new Taliban movement. This statement from RAWA was forwarded to us by the Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan (SAWA-Australia), April 21. more...



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