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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

"Return to Afghanistan" with Mellissa Fung

Journalist and Author, Mellissa Fung, to speak at
An Evening in Support of Afghan Women and Girls

Charlottetown, PEI   The Atlantic Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) is excited to announce that Mellissa Fung will be the keynote speaker at their inaugural  PEI Evening in Support of Afghan Women and Girls to be held at St. Paul’s Church, Charlottetown, PEI on September 12, 2014.

Where:   St. Paul’s Church, Prince Street, Charlottetown, PEI

When:   Friday September 12, 2014.   Doors open at 6:30 pm. 

Tickets:  $10.00;  available at the door, through CW4WAfghan members or by contacting Susan at 902 393-7074 or

Mellissa Fung, award winning international journalist and former CBC correspondent, has covered topics on both Canadian and world affairs, including the Robert Picton case, the Beijing Olympics and the war in Afghanistan.  She went to Afghanistan to report on the conditions in one of the sprawling camps for internally displaced persons.  She was abducted in Kabul on her second tour of the country in 2008.  Her first book, Under the Afghan Sky, chronicles that experience.

In May 2013, five years after she was kidnapped, she returned to Afghanistan with members of CW4WAfghan to see whether the fragile country is ready for life after war.  She documented this latest experience in a film for CBC’s The National.  To quote Mellissa, “I think that when you go through something so traumatic, you’re forever tied to that place and those people.  I will never be able to stop thinking about the hope I saw in the eyes of the women and girls I met there.”

The Evening in Support of Afghan Women and Girls raises awareness and funds to support CW4WAfghan’s FANOOS Teacher Training Program.  As well as the keynote presentation from Mellissa Fung there will be a reception, an Afghan marketplace, and book signing.  The goal of the fundraising for the evening is to raise enough funds to cover the costs of training 5 teachers, or $2,000 ($400 per trainee).

CW4WAfghan works to engage Canadians in supporting the empowerment of Afghan women and their struggle for basic human rights.  Founded in 1996, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is a network of volunteer members from all across Canada. 

The goals of this registered charity are to advance educational opportunities for women and children in Afghanistan, and to increase the understanding in Canada about human rights in Afghanistan. CW4WAfghan members believe that individuals, working in solidarity and with integrity of purpose and action can affect positive change in the world through education and the promotion of social justice and human rights.

Quick facts re: Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan:

  • Founded in 1996 in Calgary
  • 13 chapters and affiliates across Canada
  • Has raised over $5 million dollars in support of educational initiatives in Afghanistan
  • Has trained 1000 teachers a year for the past 5 years, impacting 400,000 students

Facts about Education in Afghanistan

  • In 2002 2.3 million Afghan children were in school; in 2012 school enrolment was over 8 million.  However this only represents about 50% of school aged children attending school.
  • 40 % of girls are now in school as compared to virtually no girls being in school in 2001
  • The literacy rate in Afghanistan is 35%; only 1 in 5 Afghan women are literate
  • There is a severe lack of quality learning material and instruction as well as a lack of trained teachers.

Contact:    Susan Hartley or 902 393-7074

FANOOS Teacher Training Program
Mellissa Fung:

Event Date: 
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 6:30pm
Event Location: 
St. Paul's Church
101 Prince Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4R5
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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

Registered Charity #887718203RR0001

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