– New Piece in The Guardian by Shikiba, a Teacher at City of Knowledge

One Billion RisingPhoto: Afghan teachers protest against the Taliban’s closure of
classes to older girls. Photograph: EPA/The Guardian

As we RISE for the Bodies of All Women, Girls & the Earth and activate worldwide, we continue to find ways to RISE for and with the women of Afghanistan, to share the reality of life on the ground, and ways we can directly help.

Written for The Guardian by Shikiba, a former teacher at the now closed City of Knowledge, an education centre in Kabul for girls and women supported by V-Day, her name has been changed to protect her security.

“The school I worked in has been forced to close. Our dreams are shattered and we urge you, people of the west, to help. I am a woman living in Kabul and I am a teacher. Until eight months ago, I was one of the staff at The City of Knowledge (COK), an educational centre that helped women go to university and pursue the careers of their choice. Through my work, I witnessed the ambition and hope of many women in my country. Since the Taliban came back, our life has drastically changed. We are like moving bodies without souls. Our dreams, and the knowledge we could have had, are shattered…”

Continue to READ the full piece “The girls I taught in Kabul were Afghanistan’s future. The Taliban has taken that away”

Help support the Simeen mobile healthcare team, donate TODAY. Simeen is a mobile health team that will travel to the provinces that are in greater need of health services. The mobile health team consists of an obstetrician/gynecologist and a pediatrician, accompanied by a nurse, a registrar and a nutritionist. The program will be implemented on a weekly basis in various areas of Afghanistan over a period of one year, providing free examination, medicine and food supplements for malnourished children. The new project is dedicated to Simeen, a 24 year old girl who wished to be a health worker and was killed when volunteering to help with vaccinations in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Join us at Envision Equality’s Free Virtual Event Featuring V (formerly Eve Ensler), Jamia Wilson and Special Guest Performer Taína Asili


One Billion Rising
You’re invited to attend Envision Equality’s free virtual event on 25th April, featuring V (formerly Eve Ensler), Tony award-winning playwright, author and founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising, and Jamia Wilson, award-winning author, social impact strategist, and Executive Editor of Random House.

V and Jamia will join journalist and Feminist.com founder Marianne Schnall in a dynamic virtual fireside chat about what a truly inclusive and equitable world looks like and the actions we can take to achieve it, as well as cover a broad range of issues from ending Gender Based Violence, intersectionality, the future of feminism, the role of art and media in changing culture and activism, and more. Singer, filmmaker and activist Taína Asili will perform #WeAreRising, the powerful anthem she created for One Billion Rising. Remarks will also be made by event co-hosts Sarah Henry and Carol Jenkins.

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Dismantle PatriarchyPlease share with college/university students worldwide, as well as post on your social media accounts! We are looking for passionate, creative, young voices to address, through ART, how patriarchy impacts their life, their community, and the world; and to submit their artwork to The Dismantle Patriarchy contest – a contest for college/university students around the world. Submissions are OPEN and the deadline to submit is 5 May 2022. Ten winners in the college/university category will each receive a $1,000 (USD) prize.

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