A Rise for and with the Women of Afghanistan March is coming to the City of West Hollywood on Saturday, September 26, 2021. Afghan youth and activists will meet on the Sunset Strip, at 8775 Sunset Boulevard at 12:30 p.m. and march to West Hollywood Park.
There will be a program at Weho Park 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).
Performances will include legendary Ustad Farida Mahwash & Voices of Afghanistan, Samia Karimi (Afghan dance artist & activist, ARTogether), with Dylan McDermott, and additional speakers to be announced.
There will also be testimonies from Afghan women on the ground and RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) will be read. Visit onebillionrising.org/riseLA
Following an online day of solidarity on September 1 in which activists, individuals, and groups from over 85 countries participated, RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN will take to the streets Saturday, September 25 in a day of global solidarity. Activists, women’s and human rights groups, and high profile individuals will mount in person actions across the globe. Some events will take place online due to local Covid restrictions. Worldwide actions are being led by local Afghan activists and informed by activists on the ground in Afghanistan. Already activists are planning events 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.
“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,” reads a statement at One Billion Rising. “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.”
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