When the US, Canadian and other western forces pulled out of Afghanistan at the end of August, the lives and hopes of Afghan girls and young women were catapulted into uncertainty and fear. Overnight, girls were barred from school, women were sent home from their jobs, and those who had publicly advocated for women’s rights were forced into hiding.
Among those were the Afghan Women’s Judo Team, five young women who have competed internationally and stand as role models of women’s strength and autonomy for girls throughout the country.
Friba Rezayee, the very first Afghan athlete to compete in the Olympics organized this rally at Holland Park With Beacon of Hope Afghan Children’s Society and Global Peace Alliance BC Society was there to support. She is the founder of Women Leaders of Tomorrow, an inspiring non-profit dedicated to empowering young women through education and sport. And now, urgently, working to rescue the Afghan judo team and all female athletes before the Taliban finds them.