MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Saturday, September 25, 2021
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna (at) unbendablemedia.com, media (at) vday.org
Organizers in West Hollywood Join Activists in Mexico, Croatia, Eswatini, Congo, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Italy, UK, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Thailand, Nigeria, Portugal, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Zambia, Austria, and the United States
LOS ANGELES — RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN – LOS ANGELES will take to the streets on Saturday, September 25 in a day of global solidarity. Afghan youth and activists will meet on the Sunset Strip and march to West Hollywood Park for a program featuring Hameeda Uloomi (Founder of Afg-aid), Madina Wardak (MSW/ACSW Outreach & Partnership Coordinator Afghan Women’s Mission), Ariana Delawari (Multimedia artist & activist), Arash Azizzada (Co-Founder Afghans For A Better Tomorrow), Sultana Parvanta, and Rina Amiri (Senior Fellow and Director of Afghanistan and Regional Policy Initiative at New York University’s Center for International Cooperation), Samia Karimi (Afghan dance artist & activist, ARTogether), with a special performance by Legendary Ustad Farida Mahwash & Voices of Afghanistan, with Aja Monet, Dylan McDermott, Sufe Bradshaw,, and additional speakers to be announced*. Testimonies from Afghan women on the ground and RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) will be read.
“We take our lead from our Afghan sisters – activists who have amplified the on-the-ground realities and needs for over twenty years, working tirelessly and creatively to support women and girls and their families amidst an endless, imperialist war. Women of the world and our allies stand with the women – and all vulnerable groups – of Afghanistan against imperialism, militarism, fundamentalism, and fascism. None of us are free until the women of Afghanistan are free. We stand with the women of Afghanistan who believe women have the right to education, to travel, to freedom of movement, to jobs, to security, just having freedom to be able to breathe and be. We cannot underestimate the power of our solidarity at this moment.”
– RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN, Global Solidarity Campaign
The Global Solidarity Campaign is being led by local Afghan activists and informed by activists on the ground in Afghanistan. To learn more about the global campaign including the call to action and list of individuals and groups who have signed on, visit onebillionrising.org/afghanistan. Read the complete press release here.
WHAT: RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN – LOS ANGELES
WHO: Rina Amiri, Arash Azizzada, Sufe Bradshaw, Ariana Delawari, Aja Monet, Sultana Parvanta, Hameeda Uloomi, Madina Wardak, Samia Karimi, Dylan Mcdermott, Legendary Ustad Farida Mahwash & Voices of Afghanistan, And More*
WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Required: Wear masks. Social distance.
LEARN MORE & RSVP at onebillionrising.org/risela * pending scheduling
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