Media coverage of Afghanistan over the past decade is notoriously prone to selective coverage of the negative -- the latest bomb blast or kidnapping -- while doing a dismal job of telling the story of the transformative progress that has occurred, and what exactly is at stake should security deteriorate this year upon the withdrawal of foreign troops."
A life-changing first trip to Afghanistan for Madeliene Tarasick, CW4WAfghan's President, along with several CW4WAfghan team members who travelled in May 2013 to Afghanistan to “see for themselves what their decade of fundraising had accomplished…” This was uniquely documented by reporter, Mellissa Fung. Mellissa completes a story she began five years ago in Afghanistan that was interrupted by her kidnapping.
Watch the 15 minute documentary on CBC, The National:
Afghan women are concerned that, as the withdrawal of US troops nears, their gains of the last 12 years will be sacrificed in a peace deal with the Taliban, or that they will simply be forgotten. The international community, particularly the US and Europe, must not let this happen.
By Samina Ahmed, Op-ed contributor / November 12, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Islamabad and Kabul
Melissa Roddy, November 13, 2013
The Huffington Post
I went to Afghanistan. I went there as a tourist, a single woman, unaccompanied, unguided and unsponsored by any sort of group, government, corporation or organization. I had complete control over what I experienced. It took me six years to save up enough money for the trip.
27 October 2013 – Over 200 women’s rights and civil society activists marched today in one of the busiest and most crowded areas of the capital, Kabul, to raise awareness about sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public places.
The Canadian non-profit charity organization, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) has announced its membership in a newly launched campaign called the Alliance in Support of the Afghan People (ASAP), which aims to preserve and protect gains made by the Afghan people since 2001.
The Canada-based charity, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) has been given an opportunity to expand a unique literacy program thanks to generous new funding support from the Linda Norgrove Foundation (LNF), of Scotland, U.K.
CW4WAfghan Executive Director Janice Eisenhauer is encouraged by this expanding partnership between the two like-minded charities. “We share the same passion, commitment and goals towards universal human rights in Afghanistan,“ says Eisenhauer.