Introducing myself and my journal: Fighting against gender stereotype

Ali Yasa
Posted October 24, 2012 from Afghanistan

About Me: I am an Afghan whose life and country is crippled in the heat of burning violence, burned in the senctury of terrorism and popy cultivation, targeted by the regressive fundamentalism whose fellow country-mate (women) suffer under serious violation of human rights. My country is the second worse country for women to live on the surface of this globe. Traditions and religious barriers suppress them for the want of tribal honor & so called "Afghan Culture" from one side and structural inequality pushed into the thoughts and minds in the form of their religious fate from the other have chocked them so brutally that some women despise their existence and express their deepest protest by committing suicide by burning themselves... It is a country where women are still sold as slaves in the horrible mountains of Kunar (North eastern frontier province) on an ugly market called " the Wednesday Bazaar". I live in a country where local commanders buy and sell girls and women to warlords or gift them to their superiors. A country where instead of socializing and promulgating the values of equality, women are regarded as peacebuilding products not for what who they are but for giving them ransom to te opposite tribe to satisfy their thirst of blood so that the possibility of igniting a tribal conflict is subsided. However, despite all the above mentioned unfavorable cultural circumstances the solution lies in the pain itself and it is with supporting women to candle light of peace in houses and thus seed the roots of equality by helping women find their dignified and suitable status. Through socializing Afgan men by the help of Afghan women, the most fundamental source of socialization which is family will become peaceful as Afghan women have proved to be the most direct victim of all types of violence and in contrary posses the highest sense of tolerance and learning skill. By supporting women in Afghanistan we do not only help women have a more dignified and honorable social status but we can also enternalize and socialize the value of PEACE in the war-stricken and retrogressive cultures of the world... Peace be upon all of you...Yasa

My Passions: Stopping violation of the women rights

My Challenges: Cultural barriers in tribal countries

My Vision for the Future: 100% literacy for women worldwide

My Areas of Expertise: Sociology of Theories and Communication

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  • mrbeckbeck
    Nov 15, 2012
    Nov 15, 2012

    Hello Yasa, and welcome to our online network!

    I appreciate your "About me" paragraph where you describe the horrors and problems currently occupying Afghanistan, but more importantly, you offer a forward-looking vision with women's lives and perspectives valued. I truly believe that this is a realistic possibility and is already starting in many small ways across the country.

    In our community here you'll be able to connect with some of these inspiring women leaders in Afghanistan and around the world. You can find all of the members from you country listed here:

    If you have questions about making the most of the tools here, I encourage you to look at our Getting Started Guide here:

    Also, I would like to invite you to participate in our digital action campaign to end violence against women. We are sourcing stories and visionary solutions to the problem of violence against women, and will then deliver all of the voices to influential forums, such as the United Nations. I hope that you will consider joining the campaign by contributing your voice. For more information visit:

    Again, welcome to the community. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Kind regards,

  • Kara Lozier
    Nov 30, 2012
    Nov 30, 2012

    Dear Yasa,

    I just read your "About Me" post and am awe-struck!! The passion with which you speak is SOOO powerful. Your sensitivity, awareness and the cultural context you describe sends a strong and clear message. The problem in Afghanistan is huge. I hope you will be an active member and submit more writing. Almost all of the things you said in your "About Me" post would be a great journal submission - probably reaching a bigger audience. The digital action campaign that Scott mentioned ends on December 10th. I hope you will post something before then. Just look at the tags below your entry and click the appropriate boxes to indicate the relevant issues you discuss and to flag it for participation in the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) campaign.

    Welcome!! And thanks so much for adding your voice. Be vocal, be loud and be active!!