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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Officials of the Kabul governor office has said a fair and impartial committee consisted of representatives from the Laborers’ Union, Central Statistic Organization (CSO) and the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS). The new committee would work on a transparent list of the needy people to shorten and ease the way for the related organs to distribute tons of wheat among them, Naser Mehri, spokesman of Kabul governor told media. He said the process would be transparent as over the past two weeks, people complained about failure of the related organs to carry out the aid distribution process fairly among the needy households. “The CSO is expected to start listing the needy people through a new procedure under the new committee to distribute cash aids or food packages among the needy people,” said the spokesman. He said if the ARCS distributes foodstuffs, then the Kabul provincial office will distribute cash aids among the deserved families.

Thursday April 23, 2020
ASADABAD CITY (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to more than 1600 needy families in eastern Kunar province.
The foodstuffs have been provided by World Food Program that include flour, rice, cooking ghee and some other foodstuffs.
Press office of Kunar governor by releasing a statement said, due to COVID-19 economic damages to citizens of Kunar, the distribution process of foodstuffs will be increased in the province.
Thousand needy and poor families will receive foodstuffs in near future, the statement added.
M.A.Ansari

Sunday April 19, 2020
ASADABAD CITY (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds needy and destitute families in eastern Kunar province.
The aids have been provided by World Food Program (WFP) and distributed by officials of refugees and repatriation department of Kunar to the poor families.
Press office of Kunar governor by releasing a statement said, in this round over 400 destitute families have received aids.
The distribution aids include flour, rice and cooking ghee.
Local officials in Kunar say the process of aids distribution ongoing to needy families in different parts of the province.
M.A.Ansari

Sunday April 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As part of the activities to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, ActionAid partnered exclusively with local women photographers in five countries it works in to bring a different perspective to the way women and girls living in poverty are represented – and to shine a spotlight on their incredible talent, which is so often overlooked.
The photographs were taken for the campaign titled “Women by Women” that celebrates women who are breaking down barriers, from a street artist in Afghanistan to the founder of a women-only coffee collective in DR Congo.
The campaign is a meeting of two women – a photographer and a subject – to share empowering stories, shatter stereotypes and control how they, and their lives are represented, and highlight the next generation of female leaders.
ActionAid presented a photographic exhibition celebrating women in front of and behind the lens at gallery@oxo in London’s South Bank in England from March 5 to March 8. The exhibition showcased the stories of women and girls in the global south told by talented local, female photographers.
The six photographers were Esther Ruth Mbabazi (Uganda), Pamela Tulizo (DR Congo), Miora Rajaonary (South Africa), Morena Perez Joachin (Guatemala), Farzana Wahidy (Afghanistan), and Tahmina Saleem (Afghanistan).
Esther Ruth Mbabazi
Ms Mbabazi, an award-winning photographer, said: “It feels good to be among the few of the female photographers available in Kampala... “Women by Women” gives us photographers the opportunity to feel part of our own stories and tell the stories of our own people.”
“Many would not fly me from Uganda to go and tell a story in the UK, but they would fly a photographer from the UK to go and tell a story in Uganda, but now it is starting to change. It is really exciting – I can be a part of the stories of how my country and community is being presented out there in the media,” Ms Mbabazi added.
“We are really excited to have come this far with our Women by Women campaign. The six local women photographers we partnered with exclusively for the first year of the campaign have done exactly what we hoped they would in shattering gender stereotypes,” the deputy director of communications at ActionAid UK, MsTaahra Ghazi, says.
“As an international organization working with women and girls in the world’s poorest countries, we understand the danger of ‘the single story’ and how rarely women are asked to represent their own experiences. We would like this campaign to give a different insight into women’s lives – for the audience to feel how strong these women are, despite all they have been through,” Ms Ghazi adds.
Women by Women is a unique photographic campaign that champions the inspirational stories of women and girls, as well as the incredible talent of women photographers in the Global South.
Throughout the year-long project, ActionAid will exclusively work with local female photographers. “This is just the beginning of a longer journey we wish to take in profiling trailblazing women and girls worldwide and sharing their untold stories,” Ms Ghazi said.
With support from ActionAid, the women, who are the subject of the photographic exhibition that is improving the lives of women and girls in their communities every day, are championing women’s rights and transforming their communities, and fighting for economic and social justice.
As a documentary photographer, Ms Mbabazi uses storytelling and photojournalism to address issues in her society that are often overlooked.
Her work explores changing conditions on the African continent, with a focus on the social, economic, physical and emotional aspects of daily life, especially in rural areas and for minority groups.
Mbabazi photo series focus on Margaret Kasolo, Asiah, Cossy, and Nabuule Shaliwa.
Ms Kasolo, 57, is a nurse at Kawaala Health Centre IV in Kampala. She has been a midwife for 35, years and has worked with ActionAid since 2013 as a gender-based violence coordinator at the hospital.
Ms Kasolo links women and girls in need of help with ActionAid-supported shelters. At the same time, ActionAid connects those in need of medical attention with Ms Kasolo at the hospital.
Ms Kasolo is also a survivor of violence at the hands of her former husband. She now uses her position to help other women and girls rebuild their lives after experiencing violence.
Another only identified as Asiah, 37, experienced years of domestic violence while raising her four children in Wakiso District.
Ms woman Asiah has been supported by ActionAid since 2013, receiving counselling, financial support and legal assistance to gain custody of her children. She rented a home for her family and opened a hair salon, investing profit in new business ventures selling firewood, making bricks and rearing chicken.
Now Ms Asiah trains other girls in hairdressing skills through an ActionAid skills program in her salon. “I empower them to work hard and to be empowered by themselves. From there, they go and work for themselves. If all women in Uganda can get their chance of empowerment, it can reduce domestic violence in homes,” she says.
Ms Cossy, 40, is the chairperson of her local community in Kampala. She was battered by her husband after medical tests showed they were both HIV positive. When he passed away, she sought treatment and further support from ActionAid’s local partner, the Makerere Women’s Development Association.
Ms Cossy received training in hairdressing and handicrafts, as well as start-up capital to build her own business. With Shs200,000, she bought the materials she needed to run her shop and hair salon. The salon has now been operating for 16 years.
She also works as a facilitator in her local women’s network, called God’s Grace. She trains single women in hairdressing skills and every Saturday, she invites women to weave baskets and sell them in her shop.
Ms Nabuule, 54, is a survivor of violence and counsellor for women and girls living with HIV/Aids in a poor neighborhood in Kampala, where she grew up.
Through ActionAid’s partner, Tusitukirewamu, which translates to ‘Let’s rise together,’ Ms Nabuule, learned how to make reusable sanitary pads. She sells them at affordable prices to women and girls in rural areas, where accessing sanitary pads can be a challenge. She now trains others to make them too.
Among her many business ventures, Ms Nabuule also makes liquid soap that she sells to schools and neighbors.
Farzana Wahidy
Ms Wahidy, an award-winning photographer was the first professional female afghan photojournalist to work with major international press agencies, including the Associated Press, among others.
Ms Wahidy’s work has largely focused on capturing the often-untold stories of women and girls in Afghanistan, something which, despite its challenges, she continues to document. She feels passionate about telling Afghan women and girls’ stories in the most authentic way possible.
Her photo series focus on Maryam Sama, Laila and Enjila Naseri.
Ms Maryam is an MP in Kabul. She successfully ran as a candidate in Afghanistan’s parliamentary election in 2018, making her one of the country’s youngest MPs.
Ms Maryam was born out of her country as a refugee in Iran, but returned with a dream to live and work in Afghanistan after the Taliban regime suffered defeats.
Ms Laila runs Kabul’s only drug rehabilitation centre. Throughout the past nine years she has helped to rehabilitate some 5,000 people with addiction-related issues.
Ms Laila partly funds her clinics by running some of Kabul’s most famous cafés and restaurants, as well as a shoe shop. However, she still finds it a struggle to generate enough money to sustain the vital community work. She has faced huge challenges in her work; running her own businesses in the male-dominated society has not been easy.
Ms Naseri practices Kowat Alrami, an Arabian martial art. Kowat Alrami, which translates as ‘power of throw’ is a fighting style combining elements of boxing, kicking, holding and throwing.
Ms Naseri is on the Afghanistan Olympic team. She was born in Iran and lived as a refugee in Iran, Pakistan and India before moving to her motherland, Afghanistan.
Tahmina Saleem
Ms Tahmina Saleem is an award-winning freelance photographer with a masters Degree in Visual Art from Kabul University.
Her documentary-style photography expresses the lifestyle, achievements and challenges of women who succeeded in Afghan society, and she has participated in exhibitions exploring the elimination of violence against women and female empowerment.
“Being a woman photographer is a very big challenge in Afghanistan,” Tahmina says. “If men see you with a camera, they are shocked; they think ‘how can a woman be doing photography?’ It is difficult but we do it for ourselves and we do not give up.”
Ms Tahmina’s photo series focus on Rahiba, Shamsia and Fakhria Momtaz.
Ms Rahiba is president of a fashion house in Kabul. She seeks to pioneer a modern style of clothing, reviving the traditional embroidery associated with Afghanistan.
Ms Rahiba heads up a team of more than 30 employees at the Laman showroom in Taimani Square in north east Kabul. Women are hired to do the intricate embroidery and some work from home.
This flexibility is crucial for women from conservative families who may not be able to leave home to get to work each day.
Laman’s first fashion show was covered by international media, but sparked criticism in Afghanistan, with some people accusing Ms Rahiba of ‘Westernising’ their culture.
Rahiba avoided using Afghan women as models and instead involved women working at the American Embassy. Despite this, the Laman seamstresses still received threats and some refused to work for the brand again.
Ms Shamsia is a street artist who sprays murals depicting powerful women on the walls of Kabul. “When people see me outside doing graffiti, they say bad words, they curse and some call it a sin. People in Afghanistan are not against art, but against women doing activities,” she observes.
“My paintings have a character. Since women have more restrictions than men in our society, I choose my character to be a woman,” Ms Shamsia adds.
Ms Momtaz opened Momtaz Yoga Centre, Kabul’s first yoga studio in 2015. Now, more than 50 women a day come to the centre – despite religious criticism.
The outdoors is very important to Ms Momtaz’s practice of yoga, so she often takes her classes outside. She believes her students “must immerse themselves in nature, and experience the changing seasons.”
Women Campaign
Women by Women is a unique photographic campaign that champions the inspirational stories of women and girls, as well as the incredible talent of women photographers in the Global South.
Throughout the year-long project, ActionAid exclusively works with local female photographers. “This is just the beginning of a longer journey we wish to take in profiling trailblazing women and girls worldwide and sharing their untold stories,” MsTaahra Ghazi, a director at ActionAid UK, says.
With support from ActionAid the women, who are the subject of the photographic exhibition that is improving the lives of women and girls in their communities every day, they are championing women’s rights and transforming their communities, and fighting for economic and social justice.
Shia Ismaili Muslims. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is working to improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people around the world. Amongst the 1,000 or so AKDN programs and institutions that operate in 30 countries, primarily in the developing world, many date back over 60 years, and some over 100. The Network employs over 80,000 people. Its budget for non-profit social and cultural activities is approximately $950m.
The Network’s economic development arm, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, generates annual revenues of $4.3b, and all surpluses generated by its project companies are reinvested in further development activities, usually in fragile, remote or post-conflict regions.
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