While delivering speech
While delivering speech: I was delivering speech on killing of Farkhunda by mob for a crime she didn’t commit

I was born in a small and remote village, in Bamyan province of Afghanistan, into a family relatively better, in terms of valuing women's rights, than most of people in the community. Although in my early age I had experienced gender based differences, later as I grew up and became informed of my basic rights, I and my sisters logically discussed and explained certain things with our parents. Now we have their full support in practicing our rights and freedoms. I for the first time, in 2010, started working as the first female interpreter in PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team). By my work not only I became financially independent but it also led to the extension of girls' freedom in my province. Currently I am a junior student at the American University of Central Asia. Besides my studies, I also do some other social activities to change the situation for girls and women. Such as; establishing programs during my summer breaks to encourage youths, especially girls to study hard, learn English language and other skills to enter universities either in Afghanistan or abroad and be the agents for change in the country.

There are different forms of problems and and violence that women are facing; like honor killing, virginity issue, street harassment, early marriage, violence of women against women and other gender based violence. Among all, street harassment is the one which even I myself face everyday when I go out for doing my social works when I am in Afghanistan. One way to raise awareness and decrease the level of these violence is writing articles about these issues on social pages and newspapers, I also have written articles such as; "The Challenges of Women's lives in Afghanistan", "Victims of Virginity" and " Honor Killing in Afghanistan" for Daily Open Society newspaper in Afghanistan. I also write on my Facebook page. I like writing and will continue it as one way to fighting and eradicating these problems. In addition, I would like to learn certain ways and effective skills to establish programs and projects where both men and women equally benefit from and understand each other better. I prefer both genders, not only women, because it is important to teach women how to prevent from being the victim and teach men about the values and rights of women as human beings. 

Through establishing such programs, I would like to help men and women and increase awareness, mutual respect and understanding between them in the community. In order to succeed in this journey, I need support from people who really believe in equality and peaceful living environment. To find such supporters, we have to create online and social networks of strong people with similar aims like members of World Pulse community and other national and international programs where people can meet, share their problems and experiences, exchange ideas, learn certain skills and knowledge and support each other in the journey. 

1Encouragement

Dear Kamila,

The photo of you speaks volumes, as do your words, clearly outlining with strength and courage such a list of barriers faced by women and girls in your country, in your area, and through your own experiences. Your courage shines through in your photo, and in the detailed and extremely serious list of injustices that you have been addressing. Would you consider posting your other articles here as well? And to keep us all updated in your work to empower girls and to bring both men and women in your community together? Here is a link to a video that some men in Canada put together, which could be helpful: 

http://amalwomencenter.ca/purple-bow-tie-campaign-iwd-2013/

I hope that together we can continue through World Pulse and other social media to give you a sense of real and strong connection to you and the work that you are doing.

In sisterhood,

Tam