Go ahead and settle in with a cup of tea, because I’ve got the best little video clip to show you.
Remember the shawl-knitting you did last summer for Afghans for Afghans?
The good folks at A4A put out the call for shawls that would be appropriate for the women of Afghanistan, and by golly, the knitters responded.
Your shawl was great, a Rowanspun/Noro combo with a little ruffle, but I have to say, I remember it especially because of the model you coerced into showing it off:
Well, Afghans for Afghans is going to be hosting a very special tea party in Kabul, for the 91 brave women who are members of Afghanistan’s National Assembly, their parliament. Each member will receive a handknit shawl and also delicious tea. A4A director Ann Rubin explains:
“The purpose of the gift of shawl and tea party is to express our admiration for these courageous women, encourage their strength, and warm their hearts. We wish to do something kind and personal for these women leaders working hard — and under tremendous hardship and obstacles — to serve their constituents so that the people of Afghanistan can rebuild their war-torn country. These women lawmakers are powerful role models to many Afghan women and girls. These women need TLC, too, so they can continue taking care of their citizens.”
Here’s the news story from San Francisco, which gives a peek into the famous Afghans for Afghans Basement of Luv, where mountains of handknits are sorted and packed for their trip to Afghanistan. HIGHLY recommended viewing!
I wanted to see what the Afghan National Assembly looks like. I think this photo, showing the legislators in session, really made me think about the role women play in governing:
“We hope the shawl-tea story can be used to tell more North Americans more about the well-educated, strong, and professional women legislators of Afghanistan. Our effort is about promoting understanding and support, from women to women.
“Please make a cup of tea and symbolically join in from wherever you are.”
And please contribute to help cover the costs of making this event happen by contacting Afghans for Afghans.
In closing, here’s a fact for you: The Afghan parliament is 25% female. The U.S. congress is 17% female (96 of 541 Senate + Congress). Isn’t that peculiar?