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...Overthrow of the Fundamentalist Taliban Regime* Interview with Sima Wali, founder of Refugee Women in Development, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
Afghan Women Continue to Face Repression 2 1/2 Years After the Overthrow of the Fundamentalist Taliban Regime

Interview with Sima Wali, founder of Refugee Women in Development, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Under the Islamic Fundamentalist Taliban government in Afghanistan, the condition of women deteriorated almost to the state of non-personhood. Under the Taliban, women were not allowed to work outside their homes, girls were not permitted to attend school and women accused of associating with males other than their husbands or relatives faced severe punishment, including execution. Since the U.S. overthrew the Taliban regime in 2001, both Afghans and international aid workers have worked to improve the status of women in that country, but the situation is still desperate in many cases. Taliban guerrilla fighters now attacking the U.S.-backed government of Hamid Karzai appear to be growing in strength.

Sima Wali, an Afghan woman, fled her country after the former Soviet Union invaded in 1979. In 1981, she founded Refugee Women in Development to support uprooted women from many countries to participate in their own economic and social development. Wali returned to Afghanistan for the first time in October 2002, where she ran a skills-training workshop for women-led Afghan non-governmental organizations.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Wali about what she views to be the most serious challenges facing Afghan women and her hope for women's participation in the nation's new government.

Contact Refugee Women in Development by calling (703) 931-6442 or visit their website at

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Re:Revolutionary Afghan Women in Santa Cruz

The Zami Student Housing Cooperative presents an evening to benefit the Afghan Women's Mission.

Sahar Saba of RAWA will be speaking on her experiences and the current situation of women in Afghanistan. Serving on RAWA’s foreign affairs committee, Sahar has traveled to many countries in the past several years to speak on behalf of RAWA. Sahar was born in Kabul; in 1979, her family fled Afghanistan to the refugee camps in Pakistan to escape the Soviet invasion, and she was educated at one of RAWA’s underground schools.
Following Ms. Saba's presentation there will be a showing of the film Sadaa E Zan (90 minutes), which documents the stories of the women in war ravaged Afghanistan and under the Taliban. There will also be a raffle as well as an after party with local DJ Durt spinning records.

Zami is a student owned housing co-op and community space located in downtown Santa Cruz. There is a suggested donation of $15 ($10 students) or whatever is affordable.

When: Friday, April 9th 7:00pm
Where: Zami! 807 Laurel Street Santa Cruz, Calif.
Contact: walterkaminski (at) or call (831) 471- 9098 and ask for Chris or Matt.


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