Category Archives: Voices of Asia 21

Afghanistan – Post – 2014?

Mohammad Nader Yama, Asia 21 Afghanistan Young Leader writes an astute assessment of the situation in Afghanistan and what the country needs so as to steer clear of regressing into a state of deeper internal strife and corruption. Encouraged by the spirited democratic elections, Yama sees them as a turning point, hopefully leading to a path of peaceful and inclusive state building.

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“A Celebration of Democracy” – An Account by Afghanistan 21 Young Leader Freshta Karim

Freshta’s account begins on her 22nd birthday, the eve of the Afghan elections- the democratic transition that nation anxiously awaits.  Using her birthdays for reference, she reflects on the events that have shaped the country, and the journey that has found both her and Afghanistan earnestly awaiting change. She describes the month twenty two years prior, when her family would have celebrated not only her birth but the ‘Islamic and peaceful government’, completely oblivious to the four year civil strife that lay ahead. Through the innocent eyes of a child, Freshta illustrates the perpetual dread in Kabul. “Marks of bullets and bombs were visible in every second building of the city but for me, then a Cartoon Network addict, it all appeared like illusionary cartoon figures,” she writes. 
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Voices of Asia 21: “Enlightening the Gray” by Nader Yama

Enlightening the Gray – 2014 and Beyond: Thoughts, Scenario Clarity, Dynamism – Way Forward by Mohammad Nader Yama, Director for Strategic Coordination, Independent Directorate of Local Governance; Member of Afghan Young Leaders Initiative (AYLI) -2013

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Voices of Asia 21: Adnan Malik Premiers “My Punjabi Love for You”

My Punjabi Love For YouAdnan Malik (A21 Fellow,  2012) recently premiered his latest music video last month, My Punjabi Love for You. The video is the first of its kind, female-revenge-action video as it is an evocative and propulsive experimental music and film hybrid, which tells a story of a young rural wife who attempts to overcome the challenges faced by independent women in a male dominated society.

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Voices of Asia 21: “From the Field” by Lida Hedayat

Lida HedayatIn an article for Voces Creative Voices in Development, Lida Nadery Hedayat (Asia 21 Young Leader, Tokyo 2008) looks into the effect of peace process in Afghanistan is motivated by the international community’s desire to disengage militarily and the effect of that policy on Afghan women.

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