Women Against War Afghanistan Project
· To advocate for replacing the US military occupation of Afghanistan with development and diplomacy.
· To educate ourselves and others in the Capital District about Afghanistan, Pakistan & the need for a negotiated, regional peace settlement
Our work on Afghanistan began in November 2008 and is coordinated by a planning committee of
women that meets monthly.
October 2012: 2 million friends for peace in Afghanistan
November 2011: In an effort to support the representation of Afghan women at the December 5th peace negotiations, Connie Houde suggested that we all wear a green scarf and have a group photograph taken at the November 17th Women Against War annual meeting.
Our picture will be added to the many from around the world that will be posted outside the December 5th Bonn Conference. Women wore a wide variety of green scarves and a group photo was taken that night. This picture was then sent to be displayed with other photos from supporters around the world.
Read more about what the Afghan women are asking:
The Afghan Women's Network: After the United Nations fourth World Conference on women in Beijing-china, which was attended by a group of Afghan women from various organizations and UN agencies, the idea of establishing a network to promote unity and cooperation among Afghan women, was formed. Inspired by women's movement in different parts of the world, in 1995 the participants along with other Afghan women decided to establish the Afghan Women's Network.
Taken from AWN position paper: Afghan Women: Towards Bonn and Beyond
The women of Afghanistan are the most under-utilized resource in Afghanistan
-- a resource that could be instrumental for successful peace and a stable
Despite many positive advancements in Afghan women's lives over the past ten
years, progress remains fragile and at times limited to rhetoric. There have
The first Bonn Conference in 2001 established a new framework for the Afghan
state. Much of women's achievement in the past ten years can be attributed
After ten years of international engagement, Afghanistan is looking to move
ahead. Democracy, human rights, development, peace and stability are the
Past Events and Speakers:
From October 13, 2011 through November 11, 2011 Women Against War was privileged to present a community-wide exhibit: Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan. This artwork was part of a larger display commissioned and prepared by the American Friends Service Committee.
For hosting all or part of the 25 large and colorful murals we thank thefollowing institutions and their staff, as well as the dedicated WAW members who worked on logistics, media events, panels and speakers. Our appreciation goes out to Skidmore College, College of Saint Rose, Sage Colleges, Union College and Proctors Theater By lending us their walls to create this brief region-wide mural these institutions helped to break down the walls that keep us separated from the real effects of war. Each beautiful accessible space became one part in a moving tableau of vivid panels, associated speakers, and community art events that broadened the possibilities for people to learn about the consequences of the long war in Afghanistan.
Because of the investment of so much time, energy, cooperation, and organizational effort we were able to reach out to a new, receptive audience of students, faculty, and members of the entire Capital District community and to expand the conversation about the experiences of Afghan civilians who have died or been injured or displaced during this very long war.
October 13 - November 11, 2011: Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, 2010
Women Against War is sponsoring a three-week series of exhibits of 25 murals by artists from around the world reflecting on the War in Afghanistan. The series begins on October 13. The war in Afghanistan is now the longest in U.S. history, yet for many of us it has been rendered largely invisible. Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is an invitation to remember and be stirred to protest the impact of this war on a civilian population caught in the crossfire. Click here to see the poster and a flyer with details about the exhibit dates and venues. See below for all events, or download a flyer.
Oct. 13 - 20 - Wilson Memorial Chapel, Skidmore College,
Monday, Oct. 17, 5 – 5:30 p.m. Wilson Chapel Exhibit reception: “Windows and Mirrors - Reflections on the War in Afghanistan.”
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Lecture and Q and A: Ed
Kinane, “Eyewitness in Kabul: one month on war torn Afghanistan,”
Oct. 14 - 19 - Albany International Gallery, Proctor’s Theatre,
432 State Street Schenectady, NY
Friday, October 14 5 - 7 p.m. - Opening Reception
Oct. 22 - 23 - Opalka Gallery, Sage College,
Oct. 24- 28 -Schacht fine Arts Center, Russell Sage College,
Friday, Oct. 28, 5. - 9 p.m. - Reception as part of Troy Night Out.
Oct. 29 - Nov. 11 - Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary,
College of St. Rose, 959 Madison Ave., Albany
Wed. Nov. 9. 1:15 - 2:30 Faculty Panel on The Human Cost of War - Annual Interdisciplinary Conversation in Ethics.
Oct. 31 - Nov. 10 - Social Sciences Building Lounge - 2nd Floor,
Union College, Schenectady.
Friday, October 22, 2010: David Rovics In a Benefit Concert for Women Against War's Afghan Well Project
David is an internationally known performer of socially conscious music who has been featured on Democracy Now!, the BBC, Al-Jazzeera, and other networks. The 200+ songs that he makes available on his website (http://www.davidrovics.com) have been downloaded more than a million times. David has performed in two dozen countries and on four continents. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and Truthout, and he has been interviewed for The Progressive and other progressive publications. The Afghan Well Project raises money to benefit the people of the village of Mir Taqi Shah, south of Kabul. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck. There will be a suggested donation of $10 per person (more if you can, less if you can't). Sponsored by Women Against War. For more information or to reserve a ticket, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women Against War brought back Fahima Vorgetts to speak at more Capital District locations. Fahima spoke about the impact of the US military occupation and her development work in Afghanistan – including the Afghan Well Project to bring clean drinking water & irrigation to the village of Mir Taqi Shah, for which Women Against War is raising the needed $10,000.
Fahima Vorgetts of Women for Afghan Women
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
7:00 PM Mercy Center, 310 So. Manning Blvd.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
All events free and open to the public.
Opportunities to donate to the Afghan Well Project, postcards for Congress & literature will be available.
Fahima Vorgetts, an Afghan-American from Maryland, fled Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. Fahima has dedicated her life's work to improving the conditions of women in her native country. She spent May 2009 in Afghanistan, where she travels several times each year.
Fahima has been involved in other well projects, opening new schools for girls and literacy classes for women, creating income-generating projects for widows, and arranging for the shipment of medical and school supplies and clothing to refugees.
Fahima has addressed the United Nations and traveled widely speaking at university conferences and religious organizations, appeared on many television and radio programs, including the BBC and NPR and been featured in articles in the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post.
Fahima is the winner of several awards from peace and human rights organizations. She is an inspiring, charismatic speaker who possesses wisdom on the realities in Afghanistan and recommendations on how the US should and should not be involved.
· Fahima Vorgetts of Women for Afghan Women, Nov. 2008
· Marilyn Hoffman of Peace Action and Connie Frisbee Houde, local photojournalist and WAW activist, June 13, 2009
Connie Frisbee Houde
· Kristele Younes of Refugees International, date
· Now scheduling Connie Frisbee Houde for community talks following her September - October 2009 trip to Afghanistan
Lobbying Sens. Schumer & Gillibrand and Reps. Tonko & Murphy:
· Delegations to their offices.
· Petition circulation.
Book Discussion Groups:
· Punishment of Virtue by Sarah Chayes
· Kabul in Winter by Ann Jones
Organizations Providing Humanitarian Aid in Afghanistan:
American Friends Service Committee http://www.afsc.org/middleeast/ht/display/ContentDetails/i/17601/pid/673
This organization would be a good resource for learning about the programs run by Afghans with in Afghanistan.
The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.
AFSC's work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. The organization's mission and achievements won worldwide recognition in 1947 when it accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with the British Friends Service Council on behalf of all Quakers.
They have two programs one relating to education and building schools and one related to wellness and are largely run by Afghans.
The Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation http://www.goodrichfoundation.org/index.php
The Peter M.
Goodrich Memorial Foundation was created following Peter's death on September
11, 2001. It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity with Tax Identification
During May and
June, 2009, the Foundation will join others in raising funds for victims of the
Nangarhar Earthquake who work at WADAN and have lost family and homes. WADAN is
the indigenous non-governmental organization that oversees the Foundation's work
International Assistance Mission http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/
This is a faith based organization that I (Connie Frisbee Houde – email@example.com) have worked with for the past 5 years. They are dedicated to serving the Afghan people. I have traveled with a photographed their eye care program know as NOOR (National Organization for Ophthalmic Rehabilitation)
Women for Afghan Women http://www.womenforafghanwomen.org/
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is
an organization of Afghan and non-Afghan women from the New York area who are
committed to ensuring the human rights of Afghan women.
Afghans for Civil Society http://www.afghansforcivilsociety.org/
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP!
Come to our next event: Mon, Jan 18, 2010
· Join one of our lobbying groups. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Show your opposition to the war with our button (photo) and bumper sticker (photo).
· Schedule Connie Frisbee Houde to speak this fall after her return from Afghanistan. E-mail: email@example.com.
· Sign up for our Afghanistan list to be notified of speakers & events. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.