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World Poetry Celebrates Alaha Ahrar!


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Ariadne’s Notes: On December 1, 1:00 pm. PST, CFRO 100.5 FM, Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with super engineer, Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented and shinning light in the world Human Rights Advocate Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan and the US,  World Poetry Canada International ‘s first Youth Director and creator of  The Universal Manifesto of Protection of Women against Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment.  We also had peace gift e-poems from Wida  and Mal plus a phone in call from Laura Kelsey featuring her digital book fundraiser for women’s shelters, 12dresses.




Ms. Alaha Ahrar is a Human Rights Activist.  She is one of the Board of Directors for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP),  one of the Directors of International World Poetry Youth Team, Canada and a writer and reporter for Peace X Peace Organization, Washington, DC and Banu Magazine in Europe.   Ms. Ahrar graduated from University of Mary Washington with a triple major; A BA in Human Rights, a BA in Political Science and a BA in International Affairs; she also completed a certificate program in Middle Eastern Studies.  Ahrar is multilingual and has excellent computer skills. She has had numerous certificates, such as Certificate of Domestic Violence Tier one and Tier two in 2014, from Fairfax County, Virginia. Certificate of CHOICES, Life Skill’s New Training from Catholics for Housing, Virginia in 2014,  Certificate of Appreciation in 2013 from Diplomatic Language Services (DLS), Arlington, Virginia, Certificate of Recognition in 2012 from the Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington, DC, Certificate of Excellence and Dedication in 2012 by the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, USA, Certificate of Leaders for America and Global from Howard University in 2012 and Certificate of Appreciation from Peace.


The Universal Manifesto of Protection of Women against Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault, and  Sexual Harassment.

              “In every border of every country, regardless of the women’s immigration status, women should be protected against sexual violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

              Every country should conduct educational trainings and awareness for military police officers, educational institutions, different organizations and public that respecting reputation of all women globally as well as the protection of their belongings and bodies are the priority.

              Educating individuals and families of their own internal roles, consciousness and responsibilities to refrain from any act which is going to sexually or physically assault or harass women.

              Women should feel safe and sound anywhere in any corner of the world.

              The exchange of Women Slaves for Sex should be banned all over the world. Whoever, takes part in any of these sorts of activities should be considered criminal and should be sentenced for a series of jail time.

              Eliminate the roots of sexual violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment of women by creating and conducting prevention classes, trainings as well as some different series of short TV shows, advertisements by some influential and well-known individuals and TV stars.

              Educating the nations by explaining their key roles and power in stopping sexual violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault of women internationally.

              People in power must not misuse their power and influence to take advantage of disadvantaged women.

              A greater punishment and penalty for the educated individuals in any educational institutions, organizations or in public, who intentionally or unintentionally assault or harass women through their behavior.

              Informing and educating the illiterate and uninformed people of their rights and the subsequences of violations of the rules and laws.

              Empowering women globally by educating and teaching them to have the courage of saying no and stop.

              There is no law in some underdeveloped countries yet to protect woman or to support the victims of Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. There should be an international law to protect women internationally.

              The United Nations should create and implement very strict laws and penalties to prohibit sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault of women internationally in higher education institutions, in or outside their houses and their countries.

By, Alaha Ahrar (C) All rights reserved.

She is also a poet and writer and was awarded the Best Poet of the Year 2011 for Afghanistan and the United States in Canada. She was also appointed as the Ambassador of Youth and Peace for Afghanistan in 2011.  She is interested in human rights, politics, international relations development, poetry, social justice and public speaking. 

Human Rights Activist

Board of Directors

Afghan Women’s Writing Project  &

The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada

An absolute Failure is when one doesn’t have any desire, hope or reason to live. It is hope that makes us work hard and becomes a reason to live.  Then let’s create hope!  A. A

World Poetry Celebrates Laura Kelsey and 12dresses!

Ariadne wrote: This is a wonderful book of poems and photos by the talented Laura Kelsey and is written to support a much needed cause for woman’s shelters. Please donate to the shelters below. TO HEAR LAURA ON THE RADIO SHOW CLICK HERE!


 Laura says:” Today I am happy to release 12dresses, a short collection of original poetry and unedited photography that I’ve been working on for the last six months. The ebook is available as a free pdf download with hopes that readers can donate much-needed items or funds to local women’s shelters.
If you have trouble signing in to Issuu via Facebook or otherwise, 12dresses can also be safely downloaded from Google Drive (Kobo, Kindle and other ebook distribution platforms require books to have a price point of $0.99 or more so this seemed the best option for a free release). *Please be advised the book has some adult content. **Optional mobile and laptop spread editions included in the download folder.


Whether it’s a bag of gently-worn clothes, new toiletries or a gift through worthy causes like The Shoebox Project for Shelters, women may also need specialty items such as feminine hygiene or skin care products in times of displacement. Women are often looking after children or can be in transition from abusive situations, and offering a box of helpful goods can greatly aid during distress and adversity.
The Shoebox Project accepts small boxes of useful and fun items now until Dec. 3, with over 45 chapters across Canada. Make it an event! Get together with friends and go shopping; decorate a box with caring items such as cozy socks, bus tickets and a supportive card or note. This can be a great alternative to secret Santa present exchanges between families and office staff, too. Click here for a full list of acceptable gifts; and here to know where to find a drop-off location around Vancouver.
Shelters and transition houses are often in need of everyday household items (i.e. new Tupperware, pillows and bedsheets). Below is a list of some local agencies accepting goods and monetary donations; please call or email ahead before dropping off items.
Lower Mainland
604-331-1407 or email: donations@atira.bc.ca
604-876-0872 or email: info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca
Mis’cel’any Women Helping Women (thrift store and social programs)
Commercial Dr. location 604-215-9970
Sheway (children’s toys, maternity items)
Vancouver Island
A BC Housing list of emergency shelters in the province is available here; please contact the centre in your area to see how you can donate goods, services or funds: http://www.bchousing.org/Options/Emergency_Housing/ESP
If you cannot donate at this time, please hug or give positive words to a lady in your life – and thank you for reading 12dresses!

About 12dresses 

The book contains images and short writings about or inspired by a dozen frocks that have come and gone from my life. Photos are raw, unedited shots taken around British Columbia’s West Coast with my trusty Canon Rebel and various bought/borrowed lenses.”

World Poetry Celebrates the Wonderful Anita Aguirre Nieveras!

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Ariadne’s Notes: On September 1st, 1-2 pm PST, the World Poetry Café, your favorite intercultural, multilingual radio show on CFRO, 100.5 FM Celebrated the long term director and secretary of World Poetry. A show with fascinating insights into her life and her dedicated help to both youth and seniors as well as her contributions to education and poetry. Music from DISPELL by Laura Kelsey who is now in Nanaimo.  E-poems by Carla Evans (Pens for Peace) and Richard Doiron( As Per Design) as well as a first time poem in English by Rahmat Haidari ( Mother) were read.  Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer, Neall Ryon, Engineer Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe. Also great thanks to the 87 countries that listen to us on a varying basis.


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Anita Aguirre Nieveras, World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, World Poetry Ambassador to the Philippines , World Poetry executive secretary, educator, World Poetry Café Host, workshop leader, involved with Seniors Groups, dancer, poet and author. She has been with World Poetry since its inception.

Poem to follow.