Living Behind the Veil

I'm often asked what I wear in Afghanistan and what it's like to wear a veil. It's freedom. Freedom to have a bad hair day, freedom to arrange my chadar to conceal the curve of my breasts and backside, freedom to not be an expatriate for a little while. It means freedom to hide even on the street from the Afghan men's eyes which seem to strip me naked.
When I relax my shoulders and walk less purposefully, less confidently, my eyes downcast and covered by sunglasses, I pass for an Afghan woman. I hear the men whisper in Dari, "Is she a foreigner or local woman?" I chuckle but am silent. On the street, I'm also a free target....freely exposed to groping, sexual innuendos whispered to me as a man bicycles by, free to have stones thrown at me, freely seen as no one's wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend, or boss. I step inside my gate, and remove my chapan and chadar. Now I'm someone's boss, motherhood returns to me as little steps run to greet me, and I receive a kiss from my adoring husband. Now I'm free to his loving and gentle eyes which know and enjoy my curves, free to once again be under the protective umbrella of being a wife, mother, friend, colleague, boss, niece, sister, daughter, woman.

Monday, February 15, 2021

2021 ZOOM RAM Training

Neal and I are offering additional Zoom RAM Trainings in April, May, and August of 2021.  These are limited to 24 participants each training.

RAM is intended to be practical and holistic… able to be accomplished at every level of the organization, not a “specialized security personnel.” 

Because uncertainty is one of the most challenging aspects of living long-term in increasingly risky field situations, the RAM Training addresses decision making in risk.  

The RAM Training, combined with the Facing Danger book, field workers learn how to analyze risk in uncertainty, how do address increasing anxiety, understanding one’s predictable responses in risk, and understanding what holistic risk assessment and management looks like, not just from the danger/practical perspective. 

If your organization would like to scheduled an organizational training in 2021, please contact me.  

To register for the upcoming Zoom RAM Trainings, see the links below.

APRIL  21, 22, 23, 24, 2921 - Zoom RAM Training  
MAY 24, 25, 26, 28, 2021 - Zoom RAM Training 
AUGUST 16, 17, 18, 20, 2021 - Zoom RAM Training
Time is the same for all four days of both trainings: (the USA "springs forward" on March 14 when we move our clocks forward by 1 hour)

Session 1 - 9 am CT - 10:30 am CT (Chicago)

Session 2 - 11:00 am  CT - 12:30 pm CT (Chicago).  

Registration Form:  paste the link below into your browser or email me.

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