150,000 Afghan men, women and children killed or missing.
1,500,000 Iraqi men women and children killed or missing.
The Syrian Civil War.
The rise of ISIL.
The life and death struggle of the Kurdish and Yazidi peoples.
Literally countless refugee deaths at sea in the Mediterranean.
Terror attacks in the UK and other European nations.
All of these flow directly from the cold, premeditated, self-serving actions of the twenty-first century Men of Blood: Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, the slavering cross-bench pack of war dogs whom he led, and the bloodied capitalist interests who profited from taking us to two undemocratic, illegal imperialist wars in the Middle East. No Hell will ever come close to their atonement for initiating one of the most monstrous regional bloodbaths in human history.
Women in Afghanistan are climbing their way through gender barriers with the nonprofit group, Ascend. The organization, founded by 36-year-old Marina Kielpinski LeGree, funds and organizes training and leadership classes for female mountain climbers in Afghanistan. Mountaineering is an uncommon pastime for Afghan men, let alone women, but LeGree is hopeful that Ascend will inspire women to break oppressive gender roles.
“It doesn’t mean the housewife who is in her compound in Kandahar is going to go start climbing mountains,” says LeGree, “but she will know another Afghan woman did it and that message is really important.”
A group of Afghan men wore burqas and marched through the streets of Kabul to show their solidarity for women’s rights. They carried signs reading: “Equality,” and “Don’t tell women what to wear, you should cover your eyes.”
“One of the best ways to understand how women feel is to walk around and wear a burqa,” said one of the activists who participated in the march.
Afghan women wearing burqa walk down a Kabul street. Many women still choose to veil themselves wearing the traditional blue burqa to cover their bodies while in public. Many Afghan men are usually asking the women to adhere to this conservative dress code.
Image by Paula Bronstein on assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan, 2015, via Instagram.