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  • 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 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 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 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 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...


  • March 24, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Fredericton rallies together for women of Afghanistan
    The Fredericton Peace Coalition, the UNB/STU University Women’s Centre, NB RebELLEs-Fredericton, and CUSO-VSO joined together to host Fredericton’s third Annual Benefit for the Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan (RAWA). RAWA began in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1977 under the leadership of Meena, an activist who was eventually assassinated for her advocacy against Afghanistan’s fundamentalist forces. more...

  • October 30, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile RAWA protests against Afghan representatives
    The News: Members of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) here on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest against representatives of Afghanistan in ‘Peace Jirga’ held in Islamabad. RAWA, a democratic and anti-fundamentalist organisation, condemned the assembly, “which is not at all related to our people and their immediate demands for peace and stability.” more...




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