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As the war in Afghanistan approaches its tenth year, women and girls worry that the peace they want will come at the price of the few freedoms they have gained since the Taliban was overthrown in 2001. From school closures to increased threats against working women, the rights women want seem to be slipping away. Read more about the difficult situations women are facing in Afghanistan in this article from the New York Times.

This month the Council will present two programs about strong women who are working to empower women. On August 11, the Asia Foundation will co-sponsor a program with Samar Minallah, the Asia Foundation Chang Lin Tien Visiting Fellow at the Global Fund for Women and the founder of Ethnomedia. Minallah is an anthropologist, writer, human rights activist and one of Pakistan’s few documentary filmmakers. She will share excerpts from her documentaries and discuss using video as an advocacy tool for women’s rights in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Asha Hagi, the co-founder and chairperson of Save Somali Women and Children, will speak on August 27 in a co-sponsored program at the Commonwealth Club. Hagi will describe the innovative creation of a women’s network, The Sixth Clan, to facilitate full participation in national politics and the peace process.

To register for either program, please visit the Council’s online calendar.

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The Huffington Post on Tuesday published a letter written by V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, Global Fund for Women President Kavita Ramdas, and Women for Women International Founder Zainab Salbi, among others. They’ve written an open letter to President-Elect Obama calling on him to lead by example in promoting equal women’s involvement in government, and everywhere else. They argue that “the major economic, security, governance and environmental challenges of our times cannot be solved without the equal participation of women at all levels of society.” And that we must stop thinking about these topics as “women’s” issues, for they affect all of us – from the individual, to the nation.

Eve Ensler will join us for a GPF/Council event next month with Dr. Mukwege to discuss their work to end violence against women in the DRC, and around the world.

And Zainab Salbi joined us in April for our GPF conference – she speaks here about the role of women in conflict, of the need for a ‘backline’ discussion of war – the side of war that only women seem to see. “It has everything to do with how you send your kids to school, how you provide food for your family, how you fall in love, and how you manage fear.” Despite the horrific experience of women in conflict, Zainab and other panelists agreed that their sense of hope comes from the survivors themselves – if they can stand up on their own two feet after atrocity, then who are we not to hope?

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