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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.

Watch the video here:
http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2012/s3436198.htm

Broadcast: 21/02/2012
Reporter: Trevor Bormann

Even in war-weary Afghanistan and its endless unfolding catalogue of horror, the case of a 15 year old girl named Sahar Gul shocked and ashamed many Afghans as they watched television images of her limp and bruised form being carried to hospital ER.

For the last nine years, the Students 4 Change group at George McDougall High School has been fundraising for Afghan women, and this year was no different....

By Marie Pollock — Senior Reporter

http://www.airdrieecho.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3501329

For the last nine years, the Students 4 Change group at George McDougall High School has been fundraising for Afghan women, and this year was no different.

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