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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan


08 December 2012
by Sayed Azim Arash  

Kapisa provincial governor on Saturday dismissed reports that a schoolgirl, Anisa, was shot dead by Taliban forces last week for her work as a polio health worker, saying instead that Anisa was a 35-year-old woman who was simply caught in the crossfire of a gunfight.

Mehrabuddin Safi quashed the accounts given by other provincial and school officials of Anisa's death, including the claim that she worked with the polio eradication campaign.

Kishwar Naheed, an Urdu language poet from Pakistan, once wrote:

They who get scared of little girls

They stand so tiny in stature.

When 14-year-old child activist Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by Taliban insurgents who boarded her school bus and asked for her by name before aiming their weapon at her face, it made a lot of people rather uncomfortable.

Please read a full report on our Mentorship Program in our IMPACT REPORT 2012.

Some welcome media coverage of our Mentorship Program by the local CBC TV, Radio Canada (French) and Chronicle Herald in Atlantic Canada October 9-25, 2012:

1) "Afghanistan teachers visited a Halifax school to learn about Canadian classrooms":