Women For A Better World
* Stephanie Hiller arriving in Kabul, August, 2007
Report: Women in Afghanistan
In 2002 I met Stephanie Hiller
at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre,
Brazil. We shared a small room in a nunnery
several miles from the main events where
several hundred thousand activists from all
over the world met for a week for meetings,
workshops, and to hear speakers from all
over the world who gathered to manifest the
theme: Another World Is Possible.
Lula had just been elected. People were dancing
in the streets. He'd been one of the originators
of the World Social Forum, a street kid himself,
who grew up to be president, a president
with a different vision of global possibilities.
The day we flew out of Porto Alegre, Bush
began bombing Afghanistan.
This week, Stephanie returned from Afganistan
where she met with members of the
Afghan Women's Empowerment Project (AWEP).
Read her story here.
Here's an article from the Asia Times about
the Afghan Peace Process. Apparently the women
of Afghanistan aren't the only ones concerned by
the prospect of the US, the Afghans and the
Pakistanis brokering a deal with the Taliban.
Susan Bright, 2007
Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-ninety books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.
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