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This is an archived web page from the former web site of Young Women for Change. The organization's web site is gone, but it still has a presence on Facebook

This young woman, was married by-force at the age of fourteen, tortured and battered as a bride and imprisoned in a bathroom for five months by her husband and in-laws. She was treated horrifically only because she refused to become a prostitute. She claimed not only her body and womanhood, but also her freedom as she resisted for months under torture and inhumane treatment. While Sahar Gul's mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law are in prison now, her husband remains loose.

We are naming our safe internet cafe for women after Sahar Gul to commend her resilience as she is recovering emotionally and physical, wish her a beautiful start for a better life, and cry for justice with her. We hope that this internet cafe will be a safe place for women to use to connect to the world.

Hereby, we are inviting you to be part of celebrating Sahar Gul and the opening of this safe haven for networking and communication of Afghan women on March 8th, 2012!

The opening will be held at our internet cafe at 3:00pm. Come to see the beautiful venue that is equipped with technology with a taste of traditional Afghan culture and be part of a strong voice for justice. Who knows, we might even have a surprise for you.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 8, 2012- 3:00pm-4:00pm

Place: Sahar Gul Net Cafe, Passed Rabia Balkhi High School, Street 1, Karte Char, Kabul, Afghanistan

Contact: 0793-358-677

If you can't come but you support this effort, we are still raising funds to make this internet cafe sustainable. You can contribute through this link:

We hope to see you there! 

Read more about my own women-focused/gender-inclusive work

Empowering Women Everywhere - Essential to Development Success, a list of research and articles that confirm that empowering women is essential to development success and highlight the very particular challenges to women's access to education, health care, safety and economic prosperity.



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