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.
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.
Calgary, AB. How extremely unfortunate that today, on International Women’s Day March 8, 2012, we are confronted with a Declaration from Afghanistan's highest Islamic authority that signals a degradation of the gains made and so hard-earned by Afghan women over the past decade. This Declaration seriously calls in question the legitimacy of the 2004 Afghanistan constitution, which establishes equal rights for men and women, and the obligations of the Afghan government under international law.
ALAINA PODMOROW. Working tirelessly to educate young women in Afghanistan, BC teen Alaina Podmorow stands out from inspiring group of teen philanthropists
TORONTO, January 31, 2012 – Alaina Podmorow, only 14 years old, is a teen who wants to change the world, and she has taken one more step in that direction by donating $5,000 to a registered charity after being named “Canada’s Top Teen Philanthropist” in Mackenzie Investments’ fourth annual national search.