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WOMEN FOR AFGHAN WOMEN INC

Running for a Reason!
Training buddies: Stuart Blieschke

Donations as of October 21, 2014:

$600.00 Raised Offline
$9,441.77 Raised Online
$10,041.77 Total Raised

Running for a Reason!

From Australia to Afghanistan, Stuart and I are running ultramarathons around the world for a reason: WOMEN FOR AFGHAN WOMEN! 

For years, women in Afghanistan suffered severe repression under Taliban rule.  It has been over a decade since the Taliban was removed from power, and while some improvements have been made, there is still an immense need for greater protection, realization and advancement of women's rights in Afghanistan.

Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is just such an organization to help meet this need. WAW is a women's human rights organization based in Kabul and New York that was founded in April 2001, just six months before the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. 

Shortly after I arrived in Afghanistan, I met with some of the brave women who work for WAW and who spend their days and nights fighting for the rights of the most vulnerable.  I have learned about the programs they are fighting to run and the challenges they are up against. This is an organization I am personally involved in - and I'm urging you to show your support as well.  I won't ask you to join me in Afghanistan... all I'm asking is for you to make a donation to help keep the important work of WAW going!

According to a recent report by UN Women, almost one-third of Afghan women are exposed to domestic violence and one-quarter suffer from sexual violence, usually by a family member.  While visiting WAW, I heard stories of girls as young as 11 years old who were given to older males by their familes as a way of satisfying a family debt. In these situations, physical and mental abuse is not uncommon.  These young women often suffer for years before finding a way to escape or worse, before suffering injuries that require immediate medical attention.  I heard about one girl who was accused by her inlaws of not taking good enough care of her older husband, and was eventually shot in the back by a shotgun.  Luckily, WAW was there to ensure that she received proper medical care and that she had a place to go to upon her recovery.

WAW provides, among other things, shelters for vulnerable women - those who have been victims of domestic violence, been abandoned by their families, or experienced other abuses.  They give them with a safe place to stay, offer classes and training to improve their skills, and provide them with access to counselors and lawyers to assist with their particular cases. This is just one facet of the many programs and services WAW provides.

Training for an ultramarathon is difficult, and living under very tight security restrictions in Afghanistan, it is nearly impossible. I live inside a UN compound and walking around outside the compound's walls is strictly forbidden.  As such, my training consists of running around in circles around parking lots, helipads, and apartment flats inside the compound.  Some of my long runs have to be done at night in order to escape the heat.  But knowing that it might help raise some funds and awareness for this organization and for the women of Afghanistan definitely helps!!

As part of the fundraising extravaganza, I completed a 250 km self-supported across the Gobi desert as part of the 4 deserts RacingThePlanet series from June 10-16 in China. This was my fifth RacingThePlanet event and I was lucky enough to place 2nd female and 11th overall!  Then in August, I competed in the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, a 100 mile race through Italy Switzerland and France.  Due to extreme weather conditions, the race was shortened to 104 km, but I battled on through and made it to the end after 19 hours of running straight!!

My most recent challenge was another 250 km self-supported race - this time, starting at the Grand Canyon. I ran the race with my amazing boyfriend, Stuart Blieschke... who is now embarking on a fundraising adventure of his own. Stuart will be competing in the Hong Kong Trailwalker in November - 100 km non-stop!

Please please please show your support for WAW by making a donation of any amount in support of our races!

Thanks again and we would love to hear from you!!  You can reach any of us through my email: stephanie.case@yahoo.com

Or check out my blog! www.ultrarunnergirl.com 

For more information, please feel free to email me or visit their website: http://www.womenforafghanwomen.org/

Supporters

Comment Donation
Chris and Suse
$40.00
Judy and Ian
$80.00
Rosie and Peter Benger
$50.00
Lee & Sian Beswick Well done Blinker!
$30.00
Riita
$65.00
Mark Edwards Great work!
$10.00
Jeremy Blieschke So close to your goal Steph! Well done! Amazing effort guys!
$100.00
Lachie Blieschke Well done Steph. I know what it is like to put up with a Stuart in a small space. You deserve a medal.
$20.00
David Hewitt
$20.00
Kathryn H Fantastic effort! Good on you.
$100.00
Hutch Thank you Steph for the wonderful work you are doing
$100.00
Phil Hearle
$30.00
KK
$65.00
Scott Evans Hi Steph, I am Stu's mate, good luck to you both (and also for putting up with Stu, a thing worthy of sponsorship!)
$50.00
Caroline Richards A Great cause and makes us Westeners feel grateful. See you out there some place.
$50.00
Anonymous
$600.00
Al Race Well done to both of you. Have enjoyed your trials and your blogs.
$50.00
Rob Heard about you from a friend - very well done!
$50.00
Sarah Lavender Smith Stephanie, it was great to share a tent with you. I'm inspired by your advocacy work and your global running. Keep it up, and stay safe!
$100.00
Abbey So proud of you, Steph! Hope your knee is recovering, and loved seeing the pictures and blog posts as you ran the G2G!
$50.00
Ian & Judy Massive effort - well done
$100.00
Trisha You're amazing Steph - good luck!
$100.00
Anonymous
$1,200.00
Kat You are a star!! So impressed by all you do.
$30.00
Maren Amazing race, Steph! Congrats!
$20.00
Agnes Cheng This is to congratulate you in completing this meaningful journey! xoxo
$100.00
Chuck Wilson Great job Stephanie -- you came through for a very good cause -- now get some good rest to recover!
$200.00
Jon Carey
$20.00
virginie from gobi run kick big ass steph and enjoy !!! I send you all my energy !!!
$70.00
Scott Martin You're amazing, Steph! Run proud and strong! Scott
$50.00
Anonymous sorry it's not more.
$3.00
Anonymous sorry it's not more/
$3.00
Joe Collins Kick ass Steph and be safe!
$25.00
Megan, Adam and Gracie Good luck!!!
$50.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Sarah, Bill & Betty You are amazing! xoxoxoxoo
$50.00
Luba and Nigel Vaughan
$50.00
Sarah Slamen
$25.00
Marina Throne-Holst Fabulous project!
$50.00
Mom & Dad Proud of you!! That's our girl :)
$250.00
Jaime McDonald You are such an inspiration to us all :) #Runwell at any adventure you take on!
$50.00
Go Poo dust runner go!! Women for Afghan Women!! Great cause, amazing work, and lucky to have your support!
$20.00
Wayne Cork U Inspire..............
$50.00
NY Roomie!
$400.00*
Demetra Arapakos
$40.00
Peter Copestake Wow Steph you go girl! Peter and sara copestake (you babt sat our kids)
$50.00
Anonymous You're doing an amazing job. Best of luck with it!
$20.00
Anonymous What a good cause.
$107.69
Annebeth Great cause! Have a good race!
$107.69
Marc Porret Run St├ęphanie run! Inspire us.
$21.54

Donation Summary

Raised Offline
$600
Raised Online
$9,442
Total Raised
$10,042
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