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A Message from Kabul: In Solidarity with Afghanistan

World Pulse
Posted August 18, 2021

In this moment, World Pulse stands in solidarity with the Afghan people. We cannot let the women and girls of Afghanistan be silenced.

“I want all the girls and women all over the globe to remember Afghan women in their prayers. But do not only pray — also, bring those days back to them.”

Sunday morning. 7 am UTC. World Pulse received an urgent message from within Kabul. The country had just collapsed, and the message was from a young woman leader. She pleaded for the world’s women to not turn their back on her homeland.

Now we know her country has returned to Taliban rule, reversing decades of gains Afghanistan’s women worked hard to secure for themselves: the right to education, the right to work, the right to appear in public—the right to speak freely. 

Read her message to the world — and find ways to take action and express solidarity with the women of Afghanistan.


As an Afghan woman, I just want to say a few things to the world.

First: All Afghan women and girls have worked so hard to experience and build up a new life for themselves, a new future. They have worked 20 years to let their daughters, their sisters, and the future generations study in school, go to work, go to job, to build their lives, to build the future of Afghanistan. 

And just in a matter of a few minutes, all of Afghanistan fell and our hearts broke down. We broke into pieces; our dreams broke into pieces. 

We want to not only highlight this day in the history of Afghanistan as a black day. We want the world to remember this as a black and a very embarrassing day for the whole world, for the world leaders who solved the future of Afghanistan's generation — but who also put women and girls in the same corner of home after those many developments. 

I want all the girls and women all over the globe to remember Afghan women in their prayers. But do not only pray — also, bring those days back to them. They have worked so hard. I am 100% sure no woman in the world is as strong as Afghan women. 

These women, these girls, they have sacrificed their everything to reach here. And these achievements … some of these women and girls just burned their achievements. Some of them are sitting in the corner of home waiting for [a way to leave] such as me — and some are just ok with the situation because they are helpless. 

So please do remember us. Do talk about us. Do not let anything stop you from talking about Afghan women. 

No matter what the media does, no matter what the media broadcasts in the coming days, no matter if world leaders forget about us; you will not forget about us or stop talking about us.” 

— Name withheld 


Even as we face crisis after crisis — from the earthquake in Haiti to climate emergencies to the return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan — we must not turn away.  We know that in moments of adversity and emergency, we must listen to and champion the voices and expertise of those most impacted.
And we know that power lies in cross-border solidarity and action. We must lift each other up, and show up for each other through grief and through fear. 

Do not turn away from our sisters in Afghanistan: Find recommended actions below, and an opportunity to express your solidarity for those in crises all over the world. We'll do our best to get messages to those who need to hear them.

In solidarity,

The World Pulse Team and Board

How to Get Involved

  • Support Afghan Institute of Learning, which has been providing education and healthcare to girls on the ground since the 1990s. AIL operated 80 “secret schools” during the Taliban regime, which were closed in 2001.
     
  • Sign this online petition asking the UK government, as G7 Chair and key NATO partner, to urgently work with all parties and international allies to ensure a plan to protect the freedom and safety of Afghan women and girls.
     
  • Join a protest in your city on August 28, 2021. If you can’t find your city on the list, consider organizing a protest of your own. Anyone attending in-person events should follow local guidance related to COVID-19 safety measures.
     
  • Broadcast your message of solidarity for women facing crises all over the world. We'll do our best to get messages to those who need to hear them most.

You can find more World Pulse-curated actions for Afghanistan here. You can also help curate actions by adding a resource of your own.

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Nini Mappo
Aug 18
Aug 18

This is so heartbreaking that as Taliban men gloat in their victory, women count their losses in fear for their lives and livelihoods. It is a reminder of why World Pulse exists, in hope for a day when a man's win does not automatically translate to a woman's deep loss.

jomarieb.earth
Aug 19
Aug 19

Brew a cup of Fair Trade coffee and read...
Operation Evacuation! US C-17 Cargo Aircraft packed with precious cargo, 640 Afghans leaving Kabul to Qatar!...https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/jomariebearth/posts/100700

Women & Girls in Afghanistan are "PETRIFIED"! They fear return to " THE DARK DAYS"!
https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/jomariebearth/posts/100706

National Association of Women Judges Statement on the fate of the Women Judges in Afghanistan!...https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/jomariebearth/posts/100723

Feeling Blue...Afghan women forced to wear burqa by the Taliban, while shop owners inflate the prices...https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/jomariebearth/posts/100728
Hugs provided by JoMarie

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 20
Aug 20

Thanks for these links JoMarie. So helpful in finding ways we can do something.
Hugs.

jomarieb.earth
Aug 20
Aug 20

I invite everyone to stop and read. I hope that some do.

Busayo Obisakin
Aug 21
Aug 21

Thank you for sharing the links JoMarie!!

jomarieb.earth
Aug 21
Aug 21

I thank you for visiting, sending your love, prayers and comments.
Massive hugs Busayo...JoMarie

Elizabeth Francis
Aug 23
Aug 23

I read this message while watching the scenes of horror unfold before our eyes on the screen.. I stand with you world pulse, I signed the petition, I shared it so my friends can sign and I'm praying. I will let my voice be heard, I'm reading, listening, tryomg to understand.. I pray that dear sister is safe and as jomarie said.. The revolution is stirring up underneath their garments.. Hugs, this too shall pass.. Love and peace to all my world pulse sisters everywhere.

megsmueller
Aug 19
Aug 19

We hear the pleas indeed. I've just signed the petition, Thank you World Pulse!

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 20
Aug 20

To our dear Team,
You are always there, leading the way, finding and sharing news and solid suggestions for what we can do. My Government of Canada is complicit in this betrayal. At this moment we need to find ways to use our collective global rage to support our sisters in Afghanistan. Your leadership as always opens pathways.

Busayo Obisakin
Aug 21
Aug 21

Oh my God! We are with you Sisters. Government of oppression of women and girls shall not stand! We will not forget you until victory over oppression!!!

SUZAN
Aug 24
Aug 24

It hurts to see all your efforts crumble and that must be how these women feel. After years of fighting for emancipation; it all feels swept away. But, with support from all of us it will get better.

Sumera Reshi
Aug 27
Aug 27

I stand for Afghan women irrespective of caste, creed, color or religion.