Track: Posters

Title Afghanistan Virtual Museum
Author(s): Gwen Penner
Date Thursday, March 15 19:00
Location: Posters
Abstract The world has been exposed, through a host of media, to the events that have played out in Afghanistan over this past decade. The carnage of so many years of war has wreaked havoc on the country and it will take many generations to erase. Even with the number of images and the countless stories that have come out, there are aspects of the country and its people we don't hear about or absorb; things such as its history, its culture, the arts and its people. As such, the museum's mandate is to bring some of these aspects of history and culture to the residents of the virtual world in order to create awareness and to help educate on the country and the plight of its people. In particular the struggle of a group of women called the "Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan" (RAWA). The group was established in 1977 and is an independent political and social organization of "Afghan women fighting for human rights and for social justice in Afghanistan".   The Afghanistan Museum has been providing a place for educators and researchers since it began. This poster presentation will provide a brief but immersive overview of the museum and of the culture of Afghanistan and the mission of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.  
Bio(s): Gwen Penner: Trill graduated from University of Manitoba in Canada and after her first year of post graduate school she decided to tour Asia for 7 years. Trill has been involved with many projects in Second Life and is a valued member of Artropolis. She is a builder, artist and fashion designer and committed to the efforts of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.

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