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  • November 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Entirely Predictable: The U.S. Is Leaving Afghanistan Worse Off Than Before
    Truthdig: With very little fanfare and barely any major news coverage, U.S. Army units have begun leaving Afghanistan. The drawdown signals the wrapping up of what became—officially at least—the United States’ longest war. A few thousand American troops will stay indefinitely. And, says “Reena,” a spokeswoman for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), the U.S. is leaving Afghanistan worse off than when the Taliban was in power. more...

  • May 23, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile The Silent Revolution
    Astra: “From the killing of my father and other male members of my family, the tragedy has always accompanied my life. For this reason, my only dream is a secure, safe life for my children: a boy of 14 and a girl of 4. I want very little. I don’t care about success.” Maryam Rawi (it’s a nick-name for security reasons) was born 38 years ago in Kabul. She works for RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan)... more...

  • July 21, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Women of the Left, Meena Keshwar Kamal
    Second Council House of Virgo: Almost universally known by just her first name, Meena Keshwar Kamal was born in 1957, two years before Afghan women gained the right to appear unveiled in public. Women rights in Afghanistan were in the ascendancy with women gaining the right to vote in five years later, as increasing educational opportunities became available for girls and women. more...

  • October 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Ten Years After U.S. Invasion, Afghan War Rages On With No End in Sight
    Democracy Now: It was 10 years ago today when former President George W. Bush announced the beginning of the war on Afghanistan. It has now has become the longest-running war in U.S. history and there is no end in sight. The Taliban remains in control of major parts of the nation. Peace talks have collapsed. Civilian and troop casualties continue to mount. more...

  • September 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile AWM’s Sonali Kolhatkar Interviews a Member of RAWA
    RAWA News: Ten years ago, when the terrorist attacks took place on September 11th, 2001, my colleagues and I in the Afghan Women’s Mission watched in shock and horror as thousands of innocent people lost their lives. We knew right away however, that retaliation would be aimed at Afghanistan and that all Afghans, including the women of the underground organization RAWA who we worked in solidarity with, would become targets of American bombs. more...

  • March 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile 5th annual benefit for RAWA a success
    NB Media Co-Op: On Saturday, March 19, about 60 people gathered at the artist-run gallery, Gallery Connexion in Fredericton, to support the work of the Revolutionary Association of the Women in Afghanistan (RAWA). RAWA began in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1977 under the leadership of Meena, a health worker and activist who was assassinated with two of her family members. more...

  • February 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile WISA Celebrates International Women’s Day with RAWA Fundraiser
    WISA: Tuesday March 8 is International Women’s Day’s centenary and WISA will be joining women all across the world, to celebrate this significant landmark, remembering the advances that have been made and recognising the work that’s still to be done for women’s rights. WISA invites you and your friends to join us on this very special day for an evening of unique and inspiring stories of women’s empowerment... more...


  • April 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Afghan feminists fighting from under the burqa
    During Taliban rule, RAWA ran secret girls’ schools and filmed the state killings of women using cameras hidden under their burqas, creating footage that helped to fuel international outrage against the regime. Members are careful to regularly move their meetings to different houses, and no one keeps any incriminating materials in their home. more...

  • December 21, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Are we fighting for Women’s Rights in Afghanistan?
    I was talking about Afghanistan the other day and it was pointed out that the USA has an obligation to stay in Afghanistan because of the Taliban’s religious fundamentalism and atrocious treatment of women.... women of Afghanistan want freedom and human rights. In fact they have been fighting for them for a long time.... RAWA continued to stand for democracy, human rights, and secular values. more...

  • December 8, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile RAWA Solidarity fund raiser in Edinburgh
    On the 14th of November 2009 a solidarity fund raiser was held to support the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). The fund raiser was held as part of the ‘Edinburgh Anti-Militarist’ week long event to oppose the Annual General meeting of NATO which took place in Edinburgh between the 13th to the 17th of November this year. more...

  • December 6, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Not all feminists love escalation in Afghanistan
    RAWA, the nation’s oldest and most illustrious feminist group, opposes the U.S. occupation. RAWA argues that the real enemy of women’s rights in Afghanistan is religious fundamentalism.... RAWA sees the U.S. occupation entrenching a regime stuffed to the gills with fundamentalists, reactionaries, misogynists, criminals, and warlords. more...

  • December 3, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Video: A Voice from RAWA: Zoya on Afghanistan
    RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, is an underground women’s organization and one of the groups that predicted a long, deadly engagement. Zoya is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of RAWA and she joined us to talk about what would really be best for the women–and all the people–of Afghanistan. more...

  • December 3, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile RAWA Representative Challenges U.S. Narrative
    Zoya, a 28-year-old member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), travels the world to speak out against the Northern Alliance, the Taliban, and the U.S./NATO occupation of her country. Representing RAWA’s Foreign Committee, Zoya spoke at the Des Moines Public Library on October 6. more...

  • 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 11, 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 7, 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 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 13, 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 3, 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...



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