Friday, July 16, 2010

In History: Meena Keshwar Kamal

This is the 34th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Meena Keshwar Kamal was born in 1956 in Afghanistan. She was an Afghan feminist women's rights activist who founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan in 1977. The group was organized to promote equality and education for women. In 1981, Meena (as she's commonly known) launched a bilingual magazine called Payam-e-Zan (Women’s Message). She also visited France for the French Socialist Party Congress that year, representing the Afghan resistance movement. Meena established schools for Afghan refugee children, hospitals and handicraft centers for refugee women in Pakistan. 1n 1987, at age 30, she was assassinated while in Pakistan. That was a year after her husband, Afghanistan Liberation Organization leader Faiz Ahmad, was assassinated.

RAWA is still active today. You can learn more about the group on its website, and you can read more about Meena here.

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