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  • 1st Book Project Session and Collective Kitchen

    It is a big day for the Afghan Women’s Centre! Today we are holding a Collective Kitchen session as well as the first session for our book project! Members gathered in the kitchen to reconnect, cook a delicious feast of two-onion chicken and Afghan tea and cookies, and welcome our two esteemed guests, Penny Rankin and Linda Serpone of the Montreal Council of Women. As we sat to eat, conversations about culture, feminism, education, and our upcoming book erupted. The book aims at bringing together senior Canadian citizens and senior immigrant women by having them share their stories. We hope this project will help break down the barriers of language, ageism, stereotypes, and discrimination in the journeys of immigrants and Canadians seniors. We are so thankful to the participants of our book project and of this delicious meal.

  • Summer Picnic Event

    This last weekend, the Afghan Women’s Centre was delighted to come together once again with diverse communities, members, family, friends, volunteers, and partners for a picnic at the beautiful Parc de Dieppe in the context of celebrating Afghan cultural heritage and breaking social isolation. We want to thank everyone who was able to attend, especially those travelling from other cities: your attendance is a testament to the importance of cultural and social connection, and how crucial it is for newly arrived and racialized women to have a shared space. A speech by our Centre’s Founder and President, Makai Aref, allowed us to reflect on this matter as well as the situation in Afghanistan. We are extremely pleased that we were all able to have this opportunity to connect and to strengthen ties here in Canada, while also reflecting on and celebrating our heritage.

  • Galery: Afghan Mosaic Workshops July 16 & 23

    On July 16 and 23, an Afghan mosaic workshop was held in Vaudreuil-Dorion. It has nice to meet with our members and new partners on this creative and beautiful occasion. This initiative was a part of the global project "Handmade- Afghan Women’s Traditional Arts & Craft’ Exhibition." The beautiful pieces created during both of the workshops were featured in an worldwide exhibition joining several countries, starting in Australia. The official worldwide launch happened on Saturday, July 23rd. We thank Ms. Madeleine Turgeon, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, and everyone who contributed to this large effort.

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  • Stories of Immigrant Women | AWC Montreal

    Immigrant Women Stories of pain and resilience Buy Now In November 2019, after 15 years of listening and connecting with the narratives of immigrant women, we published a book called “ “Immigrant Women, Narrative of Pain & Resilience” . This book compiled the countless stories of women exploring their bitter sweet experiences in their motherland and their immigration to Canada. This project would not have been possible without the support of our president Ms. Makai Harif, who was honoured with the Humanitarian of the Year Award for her dedication in helping immigrants. Photo Gallery We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who were able to attend the official launch of the book "Immigrant Women, narratives of pain and resilience’’. We were deeply flattered and honoured by your presence and your generous reviews of the book. The support of the community was deeply appreciated by our team. ​ This book has been a work of passion that many worked hard to publish and for this we would like to acknowledge the talented team behind this project: We first would like to thank the amazing support and guidance of the board of director of AWC and the project manager. We are so grateful for the generosity of time and words, shown by our guest speakers, Makai Harif - President of Afghan Women Centre ( AWC ), Caroline Savic - Office Manager representing deputy MNA westmount Saint Louis Jennifer Macaronne, Christine Hoang - Delegate representing City Council of the City of Montreal, Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi - Deputy Chief Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa, Judy Wong - Catholic & Action Montreal & Lindsay Larios - English editor of the book . Special thanks to Victoria Jahesh - Project Manager - AWC and the coordinating team for planning, organizing, and hosting such a wonderful event and finally the volunteers team who put so much efforts into this event. Thank you to all the women who shared with us their personal journeys and stories. We are deeply honoured by their trust and support, this book would not have been possible without their bravery. Excerpts Makai I will never forget the date of September 22, 1992. At 4:00 am, with my son, 11-year-old daughter, our one-year-old daughter asleep in my arms, our hearts broken, with tear-filled eyes, we said goodbye to our city that we loved so much going to a place still unknown. We went to Mazar-e-Sharif and from there to Tajikistan. (325-326) The intensity of the war was increasing. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s forces sent five thousand rockets in one day to Kabul and killed thousands of civilians. More than a third of the city that was targeted, was destroyed. Conflicts and assassinations continued until the two sides negotiated and announced a cease-fire so that diplomats and foreign forces could leave the city. It was then that we decided to leave our home where we had invested and spent more than twenty years of our life. (325) Mohrokh On 24 August, 2011, Mahrokh had a meeting in Mazar Sharif and after met her brother to go visit her mother. All of the family were in mother’s home waiting to see Mahrokh. A few seconds after she left the car, a horrible explosion was heard in the neighborhood. All windows were broken; walls were fractured. Finally, the threats were actualized… Mahrokh’s car exploded and her 28-year-old brother’s bloody body was in ditch along the side of street. Four others were killed and ten people were severely injured. (225) Wereshmin I clearly remember that one day before the beginning of the academic year of 1990 (1368 Shamsi) news of the murder of one of my daughter Maryam’s classmates, who was also her best friend, was broadcasted. In the published report, the cause of the death of this adolescent girl was mentioned as being political. After hearing about her friend’s unexpected death, Maryam had a nervous breakdown, and we had to take her to the hospital. Following this, I decided to find a solution before something irreversible happened to my family. I made my decision to obtain passports for myself and my children. The overall conditions were critical and it was not easily possible to get a passport (…). (291)

  • Contact | AWC Montreal

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  • Catering | Afghan Women's Centre Montreal | Québec

    Catering The Afghan Women's Centre also runs a catering service that offers authentic Afghan cuisine on demand for any occasion. With the challenges of being a new immigrant, a new language and unfamiliar spaces can be extremely challenging. The Afghan Women’s Center recognizes the universal power of cooking as a source of comfort, the kitchen can be a space of familiarity where families congregate to chat, eat and cook. With this, The AWC’s introduced the Afghan Women's Catering services. The AWCC services bring community members into the communal space of the kitchen to cook and gather. The success of this initiative has been immense, allowing the AWC to develop other activities for members. ​ Visit the Catering Site Events Got an AGM, Staff or Board Retreat, Conference or Private Event coming up? View our menu Parties We've got your event covered. Get authentic Afghan food catered and delivered, and support local women in the process! Read more Cooking Classes The Afghan Women's Centre also occasionally holds cooking classes. These will be starting again soon so check back for more details! One of the amazing Afghan recipe Click here Recipe: Afghan Samosa Gushti Meat and vegetarian. Prep time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes. Yields 4-6 servings. Meat stuffing - 2 Boneless chicken breast cut in cubes - 4 onions coarsely chopped - 1 pinch of cardamom powder - Salt and pepper Vegetarian stuffing - 1 1⁄2 cup of finely chopped fresh parsley - 1 1⁄2 cup of finely chopped coriander - 2 cup of coarsely chopped spinach - 3 green onions finely chopped - 1⁄4 cup of vegetable oil - 1 table spoon of coriander seed powder - 2 garlic cloves finely chopped - Salt and pepper Dough - 1 kg of puff pastry frozen dough - 2 egg yolks - Icing sugar for decoration Preparation 1. Preheat your oven at 375 degrees. In a pan, cook the meat in 1 tbsp. (15 ml) of oil. Let it chill then pass it through the food processor until finely chopped. 2. Chop all the herbs, the garlic and the green onions. Mix in a bowl with the oil and the spices. In the meantime golden the onions in the same pan used for the chicken. 3. Add the chopped chicken to the onions once golden. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Unroll the dough and cut it into squares of a diameter of approximately 10 cm. Make sure to allow enough time for thawing (90 min). Place 2 tbsp. of stuffing (vegetarian, meat or both) in the center and fold to form a triangle. Seal the corners with a fork by pressing gently. 5. Brush the top of the samosa with the egg yolk and place in the middle of the oven for about 30 min, until the dough is golden. Sprinkle a little icing sugar on top for decoration.

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