Afghanistan Rising by Roberta Staley and Tallulah Photography

Journeys to the Edge is gearing up for the Thursday, 27 June 2013 multimedia event and fundraiser, Afghanistan Rising, documenting the resurgence of education, gender equality, culture, fashion and civil society in Afghanistan.

By showing how far the country has come since the Taliban were ousted by United States and NATO forces in 2001, Afghanistan Rising will reveal how much could be lost should the Taliban regain power when the West withdraws in 2014.
Purchase tickets at: afghanistanrising-journeystotheedge.eventbrite.com
$20 admission · $15 seniors & students · $25 at the door. Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:45). Door prizes and raffle. A portion of the funds raised will go to support Young Women For Change in Afghanistan.

The photographic odyssey will take you to Afghanistan, where you will encounter the work of Dr. Lauryn Oates, the Burnaby-based projects director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. You will also visit the open-air markets of Kabul, a sensory overload of scents and sights like saffron, turmeric, dried rose petals, harvest vegetables and livestock. You will be introduced to world champion Qu’ran singer Ahmad Reshad Mamozai, and an Afghan rug designer whose wares sell as far afield as Vancouver. You will meet a female politician who is fighting for gender equality and rule of law, members of the Afghanistan women’s boxing team, the owners of Kabul’s famed Toofan Beauty Salon, an international fashion designer. jewelry makers, and an Afghan-Canadian cardiologist who treats everyone for free – even ex-Taliban.

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