Must Read – Must buy…
An Iraqi cook-book, created by a Mom in Iraq.
See link below: http://www.iraqicookbook.com/contents/intro/main.html
Mozhdah Jamalzadah – The Afghan “Oprah”…and some.
“Mozhdah” in the Afghan language means good news or good tidings.
Here is Mozhdah in her own words:
In re women and children: “Children are very much abused here,” Mozhdah explains about Afghanistan. “Women are very much abused and looked down upon here. And those are the issues that we’re trying to tackle.”
In re Freedom: “That freedom that you have over there in the western world. The freedom of speech, the freedom to dress the way you want, the freedom to express yourself the way you want. You can’t do any of that here.”
In re Taliban: “I guess they realized if I was going to be the host of a show within Kabul and not wear a headscarf, it may start a new trend. Girls might get the courage not to wear the headscarf,”
In re people of Afghanistan: “They’ve never had the chance to grow or evolve and they’re dying to.”
“UNWomen” – The UN sets up and Agency for Women:
“Letter to the Editor” in response: (must read)
Laughter Yoga in Manila:
An elderly woman takes part in “Laughter Yoga” at the Hospicio Del San Jose orphanage in Manila, Philippines. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/10616002.stm).
It’s Not Just “Over There”…
In the interest of fairness: lets be clear that violence and abuse against women is not only carried in other countries… its carried out at home wherever you may be.
This one was in Virgina:
New York Times Article that relates to what we’ve been posting about;
“Saving the World’s Women”
Female Exploitation – Right here at home…
- First there’s a prostitution operation on Long Island involving Korean women being exploited for sex:
Prosecutors are taking aim at a reputed New York City madam who allegedly kept a group of Korean immigrants as sex slaves, according to today’s New York Daily News. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100630/ts_ynews/ynews_ts2965And then there’s the African and Middle Eastern immigrant communities who are mutilating their daughters to prevent them from having (or at least enjoying) sex:
Despite public health campaigns and widespread criticism, female genital mutilation continues in the West, a practice from African and Middle Eastern cultures imported via immigrant communities. (AP) http://news.yahoo.com/video/world-15749633/20647107
Message from Womenfound: Read, learn, be aware of the world around you so when you get a chance to help, say something, protest or affect change you know to take the opportunity and do what you can…
The BBC’s World Have your Say addressed the ‘hijab’ issue currently embroiling France. With France contemplating arresting the husbands of women who cover themselves, while only fining the owmen themselves, the question was posed: Is Women’s rights a men’s issue? The discussion was largely centered on Muslim societies.