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Yesterday, March 8th marked the 104th anniversary of International Women’s Day as people all over the world found unique and creative ways to raise awareness about the rights, or lack thereof, of women, calling for gender equality and celebrating the achievements of women worldwide. These were done through social media, local and international events, educational seminars, political functions, etcetera. When it comes to commemorating global events like International Women’s Day, the sky is the limit.
However, the event that stood out the most for me, and even made headlines last week, was that of a group of 20 Afghan men, fully clad in blue shuttlecock burqas, marching down the streets of Kabul, raising awareness and protesting for women’s rights. The demonstration was specifically organised to commemorate International Women’s Day by a group called Afghan Peace…
Completely irrelevant to performance or education matters, this excerpt taken from Helen Saberi’s “Noshe Djan: Afghan Food and Cookery” (1986/2000), published by Prospect Books in London, has an illustration which I want to capture as part of an ongoing archive of Afghan cultures. Food – and how we sit around the table – I guess, is one of the best ways to learn about the customary practices of any society or community. Learning new vocabulary items will also help too.
The Kabul National Theatre, or Kabul Nandari (in Dari), was destroyed after the arrival of the Mujahideens, presumably in the late 1980s. But before that, during the Communist regime under the administration of Dr Mohammad Najibullah (or Dr Najib, for short), the theatre was deemed to be a cultural mecca, according to the stage managers at Kabul Nandari in the French documentary by Alexandra Paraboschi, “Afghanistan: Reconstructing Through Theatre” (see link). Even foreign artists came to Kabul to perform in a sophisticated performance space that had mechanical capabilities Continue reading →
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In the 19 December 2014 broadcast of a special series titled “The Girls of the Taliban” (watch the full documentary here), Najibullah Quraishi and Jamie Doran from Al Jazeera raise an alarming concern that the new wave of religious teaching across Kunduz, Afghanistan, will put women’s rights groups under threat. According to Al Jazeera (see link), there are 1,300 unregistered madrasas — servicing more than 4,000 students under eleven years of age — that enforce an arguably stricter code than the Taliban, hence their controversial and, perhaps, misleading title. Continue reading →
In the 11th December 2014 terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, during a theatre performance at the Istiqlal High School, a Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that the theatre show was “desecrating Islamic values” and “propaganda against jihad” (see source). Ironically, the play was titled “Heartbeat: the silence after the explosion”, which was a condemnation of suicide attacks, according to a BBC report.