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Afghan Women Resist Occupation and Fundamentalism – RAWA Tour USA 2009

October 10, 2009

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President Obama’s anticipated deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan is being justified in part by the Taliban threat to Afghan women. To mark the 8th anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, a member of a prominent Afghan women‚s rights group will tour the United States this month, with a different message to Obama and Congress: liberation can only come from within – end the US occupation.

Twenty eight year old Zoya is a member of the intrepid grassroots organization, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), which for more than 30 years has been on the forefront of women‚s rights and national emancipation in Afghanistan. Zoya will address Americans throughout the month of October 2009, traveling to major events in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Find out if Zoya is traveling to a city near you:

NOTE: For security purposes, there will be absolutely NO still or video photography allowed. Please leave ALL cameras at home. People with cameras will be turned away.

About Zoya
Twenty eight year old Zoya is a member of RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Like many RAWA members, Zoya has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror than most people do in a lifetime. Zoya grew up during the wars that ravaged Afghanistan and was robbed of her mother and father when they were murdered by fundamentalists – Zoya was only fourteen. Devastated by so much death and destruction, she fled Kabul with her grandmother and started a new life in exile in Pakistan. After attending a school funded by RAWA, she joined the underground women’s organization and continues their work resisting fundamentalism and war today. Zoya has traveled across the world speaking about her experiences and the work of RAWA.

Because RAWA is an underground organization, members like Zoya do not reveal their real identity for fear of being persecuted.

“The message of RAWA to freedom-loving people is to support the democratic organizations of Afghanistan. Freedom, democracy and justice cannot be enforced at gunpoint by a foreign country; they are the values that can be achieved only by our people and democracy-loving forces through a hard, decisive and long struggle.” — Zoya in a June 2009 interview with Elsa Rassbach, after testifying to the Human Rights Commission of the German Parliament.

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  1. polly styrene permalink
    October 10, 2009 20:29

    It’s jolly nice of the USazians to care so much about Afghan women, pity they didn’t do it when they were arming the Taliban in the first place.

    Course they were ‘freedom fighters’ then,,,,,,

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