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Hi Bea: It's Esther again, still writing for Vanessa (and Women for Afghan Women. I want to start a dialogue with you, but I have a deadline (2 deadlines, in fact), so give me a few days. We have a lot to talk about.


Vanessa commented on Women's Rights Training for Men in Afghanistan

Timeline (implementation) now in updated presentation.


Vanessa commented on Women's Rights Training for Men in Afghanistan

The Ideo team had a similar question. I am sending you our answer. I don't believe WE can convince them. Time will convince them. The way the wind is now blowing in Afghanistan (In support of democracy, rule of law, progress on women's rights) will convince them.
Here's our answer to the Ideo question:
How will you ensure that they do not participate solely for the economic incentive?
We can’t ensure that they won’t. We have to hope that even those who do participate for money (And who can blame them; there is dire poverty all over Afghanistan and everyone suffers.) will also be influenced by the material. These are not mutually exclusive conditions. They know things are changing in Afghanistan. The election showed mullahs that the people want democracy and are sick of Karzai and his corrupt government. The unexpected turnout of women, who braved the Taliban threats of violence, showed them that women are becoming empowered to reject subjugation and demand their right to a role in public life. Mullahs saw that the people, uneducated people from rural villages all over the country, were willing to risk their lives to vote, to change the country. In addition, thousands of WAW trainees in the past have lost trust in religious authorities because they have learned that mullahs have been feeding them false information about the role of women in Islam for generations. Enough mullahs will realize that they had better get on board or the train of change will leave them in the station, without a constituency, without a power base, without influence.