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Herald News July 9, 2012
By MONICA GRAHAM

When a national group promoting the education of Afghan women meets this fall near Pictou, five teacher-educators from the war-torn country will be there.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, also known as CW4WAfghan, is bringing five Afghan teachers to Canada for a three-week education program designed to equip them to train other teachers when they return to their own country.

July 8, 2012    TOKYO―Today, Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, announced an important investment to support development efforts in Afghanistan until 2017. Mr. Alexander made the announcement during the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, which focused on international development over the next decade.

The West is now morally obliged to leave the country in safe hands.

The increasingly predictable commentary on Western involvement in Afghanistan centres on the need to abandon that troubled country.

Behind the depressing news from Afghanistan are women achieving healthy social change, says an international journalist with wide experience in conflict zones all over the world.

Award-winning journalist and Order of Canada recipient Sally Armstrong, who splits her time between Toronto and Saltspring Island, will speak at the First Metropolitan United Church tonight at 7 on the effect of decades of war on Afghan women.

In 1996, as a Grade 9 student in a Vancouver suburb, I read in the newspaper about the arrival of the Taliban into Kabul and their imposition of perhaps the most backwards, misogynist regime ever known. The fury I felt at the idea of women and girls losing their rights on the basis of their gender alone, and at the cruelty being doled out in the Taliban's so-called justice system, propelled me into action. I became an activist, and I stayed an activist.

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