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The Passerine Project: Bridging Brooklyn and Afghanistan Through Song

Pam Stucky | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Pam Stucky

It's easy to take for granted the things we've never been without. If we have two healthy legs, we don't think about what it means to be able to run and walk and jump. If our lungs work well, we don't give a second thought to being able to breathe.

Tolerance for Women and Girls in Afghanistan, Not Silence

Maryam Zar | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Maryam Zar

Shukria Barakzai -- Afghan feminist leader, member of parliament, and outspoken politician who was critical of Taliban -- was targeted for assassination this week. She survived. But three bystanders, including a young girl, did not. Shukria was hunted to be silenced because she had a voice.

Day of the Girl Child -- Empower 2014

Maryam Zar | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Maryam Zar

This year the theme of the International Day of the Girl Child (#DayoftheGirl, #IDG, #EducateGirls, #EmpowerWomen) is empowering adolescent girls. Every year, nearly 10 million girls succumb to child marriage, and are given away as brides before the age of 18, with no say in the matter.

Bring LA and Kabul Together With Poetry & Song

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Maryam Zar

At a time when most of the news about women in the developing world consists of the violence perpetrated against them, from Nigeria and the kidnapped...

Group Enables Afghan Women To Read, Write In Secret

2013-08-27-Screenshot20130827at12.16.24PM.png | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact

By Leigh Cuen, Despite constant dangers, Afghan women’s poetry continues to flourish. One outlet for women’s poetry is Mirman Baheer...