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Meeting the women...

Wondering what it will be like, being with two groups of women: the 12 who arrived here in Nepal from around the world to provide support ... and the 7 survivors of human trafficking who are in training to give the Expressive Arts Healing Therapy information to their community.

The group of 12 crosses the borders in culture, age, and includes Expressive Arts therapists and interns, social workers, producers, mothers...the second also includes mothers and others who work for the NGO Shakti Samuha, an organization that works in rescue.

Our group of 12 interestingly contains 6 younger and 6 older women and that mix holds a sweet balance as we journey into the world of healing arts.

The young Nepali women who are part of the Harambee Arts Expressive Arts training are in their third year of learning the many aspects of the work that each will take out in to the community, focused on those who have experienced trauma. We are their guinea pigs, they are working with us before they take their training program into their community.

We are now in our third day of our week intensive together. Each of the 7 are practicing their skills and leading us in different activities focused on the feelings and experiences related to their trauma. Our translator works very hard catching all of the words spoken in both Nepali and English. The 8 hour days encompass ritual, movement, art, singing and other practices designed to help us all track and communicate the many parts of who we are and how we feel, about the past and in the now. As we learn and deepen together, telling our collective stories, our determination to "make it through to the other side" strengthens our commitment to bring healing and empowerment to the feminine.

Does Hijab Prevent Social Development?

On TheWayToDestiny.Com

People who are impressed with modern civilization believe that the Hijab (Islamic covering) is a sign of backwardness that prevents women from development and hampers their creativity and individuality. According to them, the Hijab is an obstacle that prevents women from progressing in the spheres of personal and social development.

We ask these people: "What does the Hijab have to do with development and technology?' Is it a precondition for civilization and development that women must expose themselves in front of men? Is it a precondition for civilization and development that women should have illicit sexual relationships with men? Is it a precondition for civilization and development that women must become mere bodies with no souls, sense of shame or conscience?

Is adherence to Hijab the reason behind our incapability of manufacturing vehicles, airplanes, tanks and electronic devices?

Muslim women in many Islamic countries abandoned the Hijab and went out to work alongside men in all fields of work. Did these countries, therefore, become developed as a result of their women abandoning Hijab? Did these countries catch up with the rest of civilization when their women mixed with men? Did these countries thereby become as strong as the developed civilised countries? Did any of these countries thereby become a superpower that has the power to veto any United Nations resolution? Did any of these countries resolve all their economic, educational and social problems? The answers to these questions are clear and need no further explanation. Subsequently, this must be asked: Why is it that people still call for women to take off their Hijab and intermix freely with men?

The people who advocate this have, in reality, no desire for civilization or development. They simply want to have women in close proximity of themselves so they would be readily available to fulfil their lusts; they wish to make woman an open object for the fulfilment of their desires – a toy to play with whenever they wish. They wish that women became an item to be traded in the market of immorality. They want to rid women of their chastity and bashfulness, and wish that their thinking and objectives becomes Westernised. Their desire is that women become experts in singing, dancing and acting. In short, they want the Muslim woman to be devoid of faith, belief, purity, morals and chastity.

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