The Los Angeles Times recently featured Ramona High School’s efforts in the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid Back to School drive. The only all-girls public school in LA, Ramona is a safe space for troubled girls who were not making it in other institutions. Its surrounding area is plagued by gang violence, drug use, and crime. Yet the students at Ramona High School are working hard to help others as part of the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, and recently raised $200 for the campaign. After seeing the FMF-produced video “Shroud of Silence,” the girls at Ramona immediately wanted to take action. Joining the Adopt-A-School program, they went door-to-door in their poor neighborhood, explaining the plight of Afghan women who live under a state of virtual house arrest, unable to work or go to school. They collected donations and obtained signatures on FMF’s petition to increase humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and to continue to pressure Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to renounce their recognition of the Taliban regime. Their new goal is to raise $100 a month for the school they are working with, located in Pakistan in a refugee camp, and to continue to exchange letters with the girls there.
Read the full Los Angeles Times article with interviews with Ramona High School’s Back to School Action Team.
Get more information on FMF’s Back to School Campaign and help the women and girls of Afghanistan.