Issue #3 – 7/2/13

Helping Afghan Women Tell Their Stories

MahtabTwo Women with BoulderUndefeatedThree Children in a cart

You can help Afghan women and girls develop their writing skills and share their stories with the rest of the world, including their stories of forced marriage. The Afghan Women’s Writing Project pairs Afghan women and girls with established writers to assist them in developing their writing skills. The project then gives them a platform to share their stories with the world, anonymously if necessary. Sometimes the stories are about the violence and abuse they face and their hopes for change, but other stories are about their day to day experiences, and the beauty and ideas that inform their lives.

Think you have nothing to offer women and girls on the other side of the world? Think again. The writer’s are looking for feedback on their writing, encouragement to continue, and help to recruit more readers so they can share what they’ve written with as many people as possible. All you need is access to a computer, a bit of time, and the passion to end forced marriage and other forms of violence against women.

For the website visit:

For the story of Mahtab’s forced marriage see:

And for more ideas on how you can help:

  1. Comment on the women’s work on this site. Many are writing in secret and have to go to great lengths to get their poems, essays and stories to us. They do read and appreciate the feedback.
  2. Make a monthly donation of any size to support the project and its efforts to widen the impact of these women’s voices.
  3. Host a Living Room Fundraiser, which involves sharing these women’s stories with a group of friends, and speaking to someone on the AWWP team via Skype or speakerphone. Our team can help you set up this memorable event.
  4. Sign up for our monthly newsletter, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.
  5. Organize or support an AWWP Presents dramatic reading of these women’s work in your community. Our team can help with this.
  6. Blog about the women’s writing. Then send us an email to let us know.



Zohra Filali

Yes We Can!: Public Outrage Causes a Change in

Law Morocco to Outlaw Rape Forced-marriages

Click Here to Watch Video

Colorado Woman & Family

Colorado Woman Escapes a Forced Marriage and

Takes Her Six Children with Her





FMP Keep Calm RISE On

The Forced Marriage Project’s ONE BILLION RISING “VDay” 

 Strike. Dance. Rise.
To End Violence Against Women

Place: Mid Scarborough Hub-  2660 Eglinton Ave. E (Brimley Rd.  &  Eglinton Ave. E)

Date: Thursday, February 14th 2013

Time: Reception 5:30pm, Performances 6-8pm

   Eventbrite - Forced Marriage Project's One Billion Rising

Or by Phone: 416-292-6912 Ext. 314




FM Form of DV

Forced Marriage Project’s 

Two -Day FREE Service Provider Training Workshops –

Registration Now Open!


Introduction to Forced Marriage  ~ FEB. 28th 2013, 10am – 1pm

Eventbrite - Forced Marriage Project's Service Provider<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Training Workshop #1 ~ 02/28/13


Working with Parents ~ FEB. 28th 2013, 1-4pm

Eventbrite - Forced Marriage Project's Service Provider<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Training Workshop #2 ~ 02/28/13


Engaging Youth ~ MAR. 1st 2013, 10am – 1pm

Eventbrite - Forced Marriage Project's Service Provider<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Training Workshop #3 ~ 03/1/13


Intervention in Cases Involving Forced Marriage ~ MAR. 1st 2013, 1-4pm

Eventbrite - Forced Marriage Project's Service Provider<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Training Workshop #4 ~ 03/1/13


All Workshops Location:  Toronto City Hall – Committee, 100 Queen St. W, Toronto ON


Attendees will receive a free resource toolkit on CD. Those who attend all four will receive a certificate of completion.


For inquiries please contact us:

416-292-6912 Ext. 314



Yes In My Backyard Festival

Place: Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 2nd Floor  – 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

 Date: Saturday, February 16th, 2013

 Time: 11am – 4pm 

 For more information or to Register for participation – Click Here






Alliance Against Modern Slavery’s 3rd Annual Conference


Place: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St. Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5 (NW corner of Yonge and Grosvenor)
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm
For more information or to Register Click Here




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