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  • February 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile RAWA commemorates the 27th anniversary of Meena’s martyrdom
    RAWA.org: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) commemorated their leader and founder’s martyrdom anniversary on February 6, 2014 by a function. The function was held in the afternoon and members and supporters gathered. This function was held in secrecy, far from the eye of the police and the spying agency (KHAD) of the Jehadi-Mafia Kabul government. Meena’s followers decorated the hall of a basement with slogans, posters, and photos of our homeland’s champion. The main slogan of the function read: “Dear Meena, rest in peace! We will avenge your death by fearlessly continuing your honorable path!” more...


  • February 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile In this arduous struggle, the memories and lessons of Meena’s glorious life are always with us
    RAWA.org: Allow us to first of all thank you all for attending the event commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Meena, the greatest woman of the recent history of Afghanistan who sacrificed everything for her people and country. 27 years ago, a joint conspiracy between Ikhwani enemies and Russian lackeys dealt RAWA and the unfortunate women of Afghanistan, the most horrific blow possible. On this dark day, the filthy hands of these murderers strangled our beloved Meena’s throat, and deprived our homeland from a wise revolutionary leader. more...

  • October 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Independence, the first condition for the prosperity of our homeland and people
    Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA): With the aggression of the US and NATO occupiers on October 7, 2001 in our homeland, it has been twelve years now that our country is facing war, destruction, and the killing of thousands of its innocent civilians. The US used the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as a pretext to change the regime in Afghanistan and pave the way for its long-term military presence in the region. 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...


  • January 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Paris Conference: We Will Neither Forgive nor Forget!
    RAWA.org: What insulting painful games are not played with our suffering nation. This time, it is the performance of the agonizing drama of the Paris Conference, with the endorsement and support of the US, which has gathered the enemies from the Northern Alliance, Taliban, Gulbuddin’s party, Al-Qaeda, the United Front, the Afghan High Peace Council, the National Coalition, the Truth and Justice Party, and others, to bring ‘peace’ for our people. 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...


  • March 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile RAWA celebrates International Women’s Day
    RAWA News: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) held the International Women’s Day in Nangarhar province. Around hundred women and young girls attended the function. Two poems and songs were performed. Sharifa spoke shortly about the history of 8th March and its importance for women of Afghanistan. Azita gave a speech outlining the policies of RAWA and describing the conditions of women under the US invasion... more...


  • February 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile RAWA commemorates the 25th anniversary of Meena’s martyrdom
    RAWA News: On February 6, 2011, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) commemorated the 25th anniversary of the martyrdom of Meena in Kabul. Due to heavy snowfall that blocked the roads, the function had to be delayed. More than hundred girls and women attended the function which started in the morning and stretched till afternoon. 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...


  • June 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Peace with Criminals, War with People!
    By inviting criminals like the Taliban, the leaders of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s party and other “Jehadi leaders” to be part of a “Consultative Peace Jirga,” Mr. Karzai is committing yet another treason against the Afghan people. Like any puppet, anti-people ruler, he initially compromised with all the murderers associated with April 27th 1978 and April 28 1992 and installed them in key posts of his government. 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...

  • April 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email :: Mobile Fredericton Peace Coalition’s RAWA Benefit Variety Show 2010
    On Saturday, March 20, people in Fredericton Peace Coalition gathered together to support the rights, education, health and empowerment of women in Afghanistan. Fredericton’s 4th Annual Benefit Variety Show for the Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan (RAWA) occurred at 7:00pm at the Student Union Building Ballroom at UNB Fredericton. 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...



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