July 1, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

AfghanistanFrom 2000 to 2010 respectively, Peggy Kelsey, Adrienne Amundsen and Diane LeBow traveled to Afghanistan with Global Exchange Reality Tours, meeting with a cross-section of local leaders, visiting girls’ schools and women’s centers, hospitals, and even a Taliban reconciliation center. Celebrating International Women’s Day with Afghanistan’s remarkable women, they discovered a new kind of strength.

Peggy Kelsey has authored a book of interviews with some of these women and others from previous journeys. Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women gives an intimate look into the lives of these Afghan women through their own words and portraits.

Adrienne Amundsen, board member of Afghans4Tomorrow, has written an insightful book of poetry, Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan, giving us a chance to imagine the senses that only visitors experience in this ancient wartorn land.

Diane LeBow, women’s rights activist, writer, and photojournalist, has written and lectured on her three trips to Afghanistan between 2000 and 2003, where she participated in conferences with Afghan women, assisting them in writing a “Declaration of the Essential Rights of Afghan Women,” parts of which were incorporated into the first Afghan Constitution. Her essay, “At Home in Afghanistan,” won the Travelers’ Tales Gold Award for Best Women’s Travel Writing in 2010.

Many of the programs these three women visited were founded and now supported by Afghans4Tomorrow (A4T), a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with headquarters in Kabul, completely staffed by Afghans, and a network of committed volunteers located mainly in the U.S.

Currently, A4T is in dire need of funds to supply medicines to their Health Post in Wardak Province, one of the most dangerous parts of the country.  This clinic provides basic medical and midwifery care annually to thousands of poor residents from nearby villages.  I’m sure you can imagine how important these services are, so please come to listen, learn, discuss and contribute to the continuation of these programs.

What: Afghanistan Revealed – Photos, Poetry and Prose
Where: The Clay Jones Building (Keiko restaurant located here)
1250 Jones Street (at Clay St)
San Francisco, 94109
Parking at Grace Cathedral, Masonic Bldg or Washington St (at Jones St).
When: July 1st, 2014, 7pm

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