As we headed home in a military convoy to the guest house we were staying in we were assured that the Women would be waiting. Today is Womens' day in Afghanistan and it is a holiday. All of the employees of Sozo International were invited to the house for lunch along with all of our friends from the distribution, probably near 80 people in all. We were greeted with a feast and I was able to tell stories about a couple of inspiring women I had read about and encouraged the group of men and women.
The soldiers thought that I was Afghan, until I spoke to them in English and they found out I was from the States. Michael was talking to an Afghan man who insisted I was Afghan and said he could not believe it that I was not. I am really more and more confortable with the dress and headcoverings and it must show. We all had a great time at lunch and the military convoy left safely, with a promise for us to visit the Camp on Sunday. Womens day is an opportunity for men and businesses to encourage women and tell them how important they are to the future of Afghanistan. We gave gifts to all of the women who were employed at our guesthouse and made them feel special on this day. They were all dressed up and really honored and respected by the speakers and others in the group. When the soldiers asked to take a photo with the women they began to giggle as we took the photo.