Latest News From WAW
Celebrating the Afghan New Year: On March 29th, 2013, WAW NY celebrated the Afghan New Year with a joyous family day held at the Pomonok branch of the Queens Library. About 110 community members enjoyed live music and traditional food. The highlight of the event was a play written and performed by the members of WAW’s Girls Leadership Program.
Domestic Violence Prevention Workshop: This spring WAW NY led its first workshop on the prevention of domestic violence for Afghan religious leaders. Three imams met three hours a day for a week in a local mosque. They received private training in assessment, education and prevention of family violence, and learned about the resources designed to help women and children suffering from abuse. This workshop was very successful and further strengthened WAW’s partnership with the imams.
Mother’s Day Celebration: On May 10th, WAW gathered 150 women from the NY Afghan community for food and fun at a local Persian restaurant to celebrate this special day. As a DJ spun Afghan tunes and told jokes, the women kicked up their heels and danced the night away. What better way to celebrate motherhood than relaxing and socializing with friends and neighbors!
WAW-NY at The White House: Program Director Naheed Bahram represented WAW-NY at a Roundtable of Afghan American Leaders invited recently to The White House. Ms. Bahram broiught attention to issues of importance and concern to local Afghan communities including women's rights issues and the aniticipated increase in Afghan refugees in the United States, and asked that community organizations like Women for Afghan Women be supported to cope with the increased demand for services. Here is a blog post about the Roundtable by a WAW supporter Parnian Nazary.
Girls Leadership Program Summer Camp is a summer program that focuses intensely on each of our girl leaders. The girls develop opinions and debate them, learn life skills, learn about current issues, interact with other girls of the same age, and most importantly, have fun! In 2013, we had multiple guest speakers on subjects as diverse as health and nutrition to yoga and even how to do makeup. We engaged in creative activities such as jewelry making and visual art. We took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at examples of art in the world around us, as well as to see an exhibition of Islamic art. We also visited the zoo and a local bowling alley to mix things up and to build teamwork and sportsmanship. Leadership was a strong theme through out the three-week program -- the girls identified problems in their personal lives and the world around them and together brainstormed solutions to these difficult problems, thinking outside of the box. To support our theme of nutrition this year, each day we had healthy snacks of fruit and vegetables to provide good fuel for each day’s work and play.