Mellissa Fung to speak at Evening in Support of Afghan Women and Girls

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Mellissa Fung will be the keynote speaker at The Atlantic Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) is excited to announce that their third annual Evening in Support of Afghan Women and Girls to be held at Trinity United Church in New Glasgow, May 8. 

Fung is an award winning international journalist and former CBC correspondent, who has covered topics on both Canadian and world affairs, including the Robert Picton case, the Beijing Olympics and the war in Afghanistan.  She went to Afghanistan to report on the conditions in one of the sprawling camps for internally displaced persons.  She was abducted in Kabul on her second tour of the country in 2008.  Her first book, Under the Afghan Sky, chronicles that experience.

In May 2013, five years after she was kidnapped, she returned to Afghanistan with members of CW4WAfghan to see whether the fragile country is ready for life after war.  She documented this latest experience in a film for CBC’s The National. 

“I think that when you go through something so traumatic, you’re forever tied to that place and those people,” Fung has said. “I will never be able to stop thinking about the hope I saw in the eyes of the women and girls I met there.”

The Evening in Support of Afghan Women and Girls is CW4WAfghan’s Atlantic Chapter’s annual public engagement event, raising awareness and funds to support CW4WAfghan’s FANOOS Teacher Training Program.  As well as the keynote presentation from Fung there will be a reception, an Afghan marketplace, and book signing. The goal of the fundraising for the evening is to raise enough funds to cover the costs of training 10 teachers, or $4,000 ($400 per trainee).

CW4WAfghan works to engage Canadians in supporting the empowerment of Afghan women and their struggle for basic human rights.  Founded in 1996, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is a network of volunteer members from all across Canada. 


Quick facts re: Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan:

Founded in 1996 in Calgary

13 chapters and affiliates across Canada

Has raised over $5 million dollars in support of educational initiatives in Afghanistan

Has trained 1000 teachers a year for the past 5 years, impacting 400,000 students

Facts about Education in Afghanistan

In 2002 2.3 million Afghan children were in school; in 2012 school enrolment was over 8 million.  However this only represents about 50% of school aged children attending school.

40 % of girls are now in school as compared to virtually no girls being in school in 2001

The literacy rate in Afghanistan is 35%; only 1 in 5 Afghan women are literate

There is a severe lack of quality learning material and instruction as well as a lack of trained teachers.

Want to go?

Where:   Trinity United Church, Temperance Street, New Glasgow

When:   Thursday, May 8, 2014.   Doors open at 6:30 pm. 

Tickets:  $10.00 available through CW4WAfghan members or by contacting


Organizations: CBC, Beijing Olympics, Canadian Women

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Kabul, Canada Calgary New Glasgow

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