Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dark Flowers: The Story of Self-immolation in Afghanistan (the video works, just click on it)

Various NGOs and women's associations are trying to assist victims of gender-based violence by providing specialized training to medical staff working with female patients, establishing counseling services for traumatized women, and training for defence lawyers representing female victims of domestic abuse. However, many of these efforts focus on assisting women after they have either attempted suicide or have endured violence and trauma for months, even years. HAWCA is intending to create and distribute a multimedia prevention kit in three languages (Dari, Pashto and English) for vulnerable and abused women who may be contemplating suicide by self-immolation. This multimedia kit is essentially proactive in the sense that it will attempt to reach out to abused women who feel that they have no alternative but to commit suicide or to protest against their abuse by burning themselves. HAWCA envisions multiple platforms of delivery for its multimedia project in order to reach all spheres of Afghan society. The multimedia project will be distributed in various formats such as DVDs, CDs, QuickTime, WAVE Audio, FLV and MPEG-4. With such a diverse range of formats, educators can use a DVD in the classroom; an NGO can play a CD on their laptop in the field or screen the project during workshops; women's associations can stream a QuickTime movie on their websites and Youtube or as a podcast download; women resource centers and legal aid centers can hand-out multimedia kits containing all of the above to the public. In addition, the community-based strategy will include plans to broadcast the multimedia project on Afghan radio and television stations

Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA ) was established in January 1999 by a group of youth Afghan women and men. HAWCA's establishment was motivated by the despair and devastation suffered by Afghan women and children as victims of war and injustice in Afghanistan and as refugees in Pakistan. Living under the same conditions and experiencing the same misery as millions of Afghans in Afghanistan and in Pakistan during the civil war, the leading members of HAWCA committed to achieving their aims and objectives as volunteers, and devoted their efforts to improving the lives of Afghans under difficult circumstances, from the era of Taliban domination to today's insecure Afghanistan.
HAWCA encourages the active participation of Afghan women and youth in the reconstruction and development processes of their country, and works in partnership with institutions and organizations that focus on just development in Afghanistan.